More renewable sourced plastic resins are coming. Cereplast, announced that it expects to produce and ship approximately 16 million pounds of compounds this year, a 400 percent increase compared to 2009.
Cereplast produces thermoplastic starch compounds and buys polylactic acid from NatureWorks and produces custom compounds in a recently opened plant in Indiana with a capacity of 80 million lbs/yr.
Cereplast recently entered into new global distribution agreements with a number of companies, Ashland Distribution and Bunge Alimentaris, a Brazilian subsidiary of Bunge Limited. These distribution agreements are a contributing factor to the rise in shipment estimates.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.
Aerojet Rocketdyne has built and successfully hot-fire tested an entire 3D-printed rocket engine. In other news, NASA's 3D-printed rocket engine injectors survived tests generating a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. Some performed equally well or better than welded parts.
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