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.”
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
Arevo Labs' end-production 3D printing technology for carbon composites includes a high-temperature, filament fusion printer head design and firmware for use with the company's new carbon fiber and nanotube reinforced high-temperature matrix polymers like PEEK.
Stratasys will buy Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies and combine them with its RedEye service business. The plan takes aim at end-production manufacturing and will create one of the biggest commercial 3D printing and AM service bureaus.
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
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