A European consortium has a budget of $2.2 billion to reduce carbon dioxide, nitrogen monoxide and noise emissions by 50, 80 and 50 percent respectively by the year 2020, and to introduce more environmentally friendly aircraft components. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Applied Materials Research (IFAM) are developing adhesives that produce more durable and safer bonds than current methods. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nanosystems are working with micro and nanotechnologies in order to integrate sensors into components.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
Some next-generation bio-based materials are superior in performance to their petro-based counterparts, but also face some commercial challenges. This is especially true of certain biopolymers, adhesives, coatings, and advanced materials.
Cars and other vehicles, as well as electronics and medical devices, continue to lead the use cases for the new plastics products we've been seeing, as engineers design products for tougher environments.
LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France cycling champion Greg LeMond, is the first to license a new carbon fiber production method invented by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that's faster, cheaper, and greener.
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