3D movies are hot. First Avatar. And then Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. The format is even coming to television.
Now comes the announcement that the special glasses required to watch 3D will be offered in biobased plastic resins. Cereplast, Inc. designer and manufacturer of proprietary bioplastics, and Oculus3D, a company focused on film-based 3D projection technology, announced that Oculus3D will introduce the world’s first biodegradable/compostable 3D glasses for movie theaters
Major 3D movie releases will require more than 10 million pairs of glasses to be shipped to movie theaters across the globe for each movie. While many theaters collect 3D glasses at the conclusion of each show, damaged glasses, or pairs not returned end up in trashcans and ultimately in landfill sites.
The CO2 emissions for the more than 10 million plastic glasses made from hydrocarbons is equivalent to the harmful emissions generated by burning 50,000 gallons of gasoline or 917 barrels of oil. The Oculus3D eyewear will feature Cereplast’s Compostables® resin made with Ingeo® polylactic acid (PLA) made from corn. These resins allow for the manufacturing of glasses made of renewable material and create a truly compostable product. According to Cereplast, the 3D glasses will return to nature in less than 180 days with no chemical residues or toxicity left in the soil if discarded at a compost site.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
At the JEC Europe 2015 composites show in Paris last month, makers of composite materials, software, and process equipment showed off their latest innovations. This year's show saw some announcements related to automotive applications, but many of the improvements came in the world of aerospace.
The DuPont-sponsored Plastics Industry Trends survey shows engineers want improved performance in a broad range of plastics and better recycling technology. These concerns top even processing enhancements that improve productivity.
Plastics leader SABIC recently announced a global initiative to help its customers take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM) and also advance 3D printing (3DP) technologies in several application areas. The company's plans go way beyond materials, and also include design, processing, and part performance.
A theme that was reflected in several ways at NPE 2015 was the use of 3D printing to assist in, or improve on, injection molding, as well as improvements in 3D printing materials and processes that are making better functional prototypes and end-use parts.
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