Biobased plastics are a hot topic today because of growing concern about global warming. The company making the biggest investment to develop engineering materials is DuPont. It’s becoming apparent, however, that there is a stronger demand at the retail consumer level than at the industrial level, at least in the United States. One of the early applications for DuPont’s new bio elastomer materials (not yet commercialized) could be Active Layer, an engineered “breathable” film used in fabrics to absorb and diffuse perspiration. In a recent meeting with Design News, Thomas Oury (DuPont’s Business Manager, Flexible Solutions - Americas) said: “DuPont Active Layer is a recyclable product. And it is already getting a huge market interest because of this feature. The recent work of DuPont in bio-based materials is likely to open ways for us to develop and market a renewable resource based DuPont Active Layer. But this is a longer term perspective for DuPont Active Layer, and at this stage it is too early though to say when this will be available in the market.” Another major application for this material is surgical gowns.
Inspired by the hooks a parasitic worm uses to penetrate its host's intestines, the Karp Lab has invented a flexible adhesive patch covered with microneedles that adheres well to wet, soft tissues, but doesn't cause damage when removed.
Researchers at the Missouri University of Science & Technology have designed a new nanoscale material that can transmit light faster than the 186,000 miles per second it usually takes to travel through air.
It has often been said that as California goes, so goes the nation. This spring, the state's wind power is setting energy generation records and solar energy generation is expected to rise sharply during the second half of 2013.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is