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.
NIST's new five-year strategic plan for its Material Measurement Laboratory lists additive manufacturing materials development as one of the main areas it will support by developing measurements, data, techniques, and models.
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