DuPont this morning announced an expanded slate of renewably sourced polymers that will contribute to the company’s goal of doubling revenues from sustainable resources to at least $8 billion by 2015. Chief among the new offerings are Sorona EP thermoplastic resins, Hytrel RS thermoplastic elastomers, Biomax RS packaging resins and Selarâ VP breathable films. A key ingredient in Sorona EP is Bio-PDO, which is made at the recently inaugurated DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products facility in Loudon, TN. Bio-PDO replaces petrochemical based 1,3 propanediol (PDO) and/or 1,4-butanediol (BDO) in two glass-reinforced grades of Sorona EP that will initially be available. Sorona EP is compared to polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). Sampling is under way with broader availability expected in 2008. No disclosure was made on beta sites where the material is being tested.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
The 100% solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 is prepping for its upcoming flight, becoming the first plane to fly around the world without using fuel. It's able to do so because of above-average performance by all of the technologies that go into it, especially materials.
As the 3D printing and overall additive manufacturing ecosystem grows, standards and guidelines from standards bodies and government organizations are increasing. Multiple players with multiple needs are also driving the role of 3DP and AM as enabling technologies for distributed manufacturing.
A growing though not-so-obvious role for 3D printing, 4D printing, and overall additive manufacturing is their use in fabricating new materials and enabling new or improved manufacturing and assembly processes. Individual engineers, OEMs, university labs, and others are reinventing the technology to suit their own needs.
For vehicles to meet the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, three things must happen: customers must look beyond the data sheet and engage materials supplier earlier, and new integrated multi-materials are needed to make step-change improvements.
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