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.
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Using simulation to guide the drafting process can speed up the design and production of 3D-printed nanostructures, reduce errors, and even make it possible to scale up the structures. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a model that does this.
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