Report: Biochemicals, Bio-Based Materials Capacity to Jump
The manufacturing capacity of bio-based materials and biochemicals, including those going into bioplastics, will increase sharply by 2017. At scale, and in theory, they will be produced at costs competitive with petro-based chemicals and materials. The majority will continue to be based on first-generation feedstocks like corn. (Source: Lux Research)
Like our biofuels report yesterday, the results of this one are still good news, but of a different kind: more potential choice of chemicals from which to make bioplastics, among other things, but not as many second-generation feedstocks as some of us would like.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.
Aerojet Rocketdyne has built and successfully hot-fire tested an entire 3D-printed rocket engine. In other news, NASA's 3D-printed rocket engine injectors survived tests generating a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. Some performed equally well or better than welded parts.
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