A tempered glass bottom on a new cantilevered walkway will allow visitors to the Grand Canyon to look 4,000 feet straight down to the Colorado River. It's 10 feet wide and extends 70 feet from an anchor rock. The Hualapai Indian Tribe's Glass Walkway features 90 tons of glass and a million pounds of steel. A grand opening is set for March. Another footnote for scientists: According to a blog (citing an AP report), the Bush Administration supposedly won't let park officials reveal their estimate of the age of the park for fear of offending creationists. . Seems a little far fetched to me.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
Although bio-based polymers face challenges from petroleum-based polymers, in certain markets they can displace the petro-based incumbents. Here are six new bio-based and renewable plastics for a variety of applications.
BASF has developed tools and initiatives to help engineers use more of its renewable materials in their designs, more effectively, as well as to build parts using them with more predictable performance.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
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