One sign that the carbon nanotube market is heating up is the range of products that Nanocyl will be exhibiting at the Chinaplas International Exhibition from April 19-22 in Shanghai. Featured will be Nanocyl’s NC 7000 Thin Multiwall CNTs, which Nanocyl says are the most electrically conductive carbon nanotubes available today. Their small size and high aspect ratio lets them form a network of conductivity at a very low concentration.
The new PLASTICYL PEEK 1001 thermoplastic concentrates will also be exhibited. These materials provide either electrical conductivity or ESD protection, and are available in a several thermoplastic resins, including PC, PP, PA, POM and TPU. Established only in 2002, Nanocyl S.A., is installing a new reactor with a capacity of 400 metric tons/year for producing its NC 7000 carbon nanotube technologies. The new reactor, scheduled to come online in July, is located in Sambreville, Belgium.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
A tiny humanoid robot has safely piloted a small plane all the way from cold start to takeoff, landing and coming to a full stop on the plane's designated runway. Yes, it happened in a pilot training simulation -- but the research team isn't far away from doing it in the real world.
Some in the US have welcomed 3D printing for boosting local economies and bringing some offshored manufacturing back onshore. Meanwhile, China is wielding its power of numbers, and its very different relationships between government, education, and industry, to kickstart a homegrown industry.
You can find out practically everything you need to know about engineering plastics as alternatives to other materials at the 2014 IAPD Plastics Expo. Admission is free for engineers, designers, specifiers, and OEMs, as well as students and faculty.
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