There’s a major new producer of engineering materials in the United States: PolyOne Corp., which until very recently has been better known for its commodity businesses, including the now divested vinyl resins. PolyOne very recently acquired GLS, making it one of the largest elastomer producers in the US. Specialty materials now represent 60 percent of the PolyOne product line, a doubling. “We anticipate continued expansion including greater market development resources to accelerate growth with key Asian OEMs,” commented CEO Stephen D. Newlin in a Feb 22 meeting with analysts. . “We will also leverage our recently established technical service center in North China.”
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
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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