DuPont, a company famous for the invention of nylon and other plastics, is honoring two non-plastic materials as the top-level winners in its annual competition to honor outstanding new packaging.
The first “Diamond” award was issued to Exal Corp. and Alcoa Rigid Packaging for new “coil to can” (C2C) aluminum bottle manufacturing technology. C2C aluminum bottles use less material and are manufactured at faster speeds to enable a 40 percent weight reduction at a cost comparable to PET and/or glass.
The second diamond winner is Entropy Solutions of Eden Prairie, MN, for a new reusable thermal management system for shipping blood and pharmaceuticals. The package is based on phase change materials such as paraffin or eutectic salt.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
Alcoa has unveiled a new manufacturing and materials technology for making aluminum sheet, aimed especially at automotive, industrial, and packaging applications. If all its claims are true, this is a major breakthrough, and may convince more automotive engineers to use aluminum.
NASA has just installed a giant robot to help in its research on composite aerospace materials, like those used for the Orion spacecraft. The agency wants to shave the time it takes to get composites through design, test, and manufacturing stages.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is working with architects Foster + Partners to test the possibility of using lunar regolith, or moon rocks, and 3D printing to make structures for use on the moon. A new video shows some cool animations of a hypothetical lunar mission that carries out this vision.
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