One of the big trends at K 2007 is the availability of new compounds that deal with tightening regulations on chemicals used to make plastics flame retardant, particularly for consumer electronics products. Example: Clariant Masterbatches announced Renol, a new color that is FR compliant for polycarbonate/ABS alloys used in such products as televisions. They can be used at loadings of just 3 percent.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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