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.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
This year's Dupont-sponsored WardsAuto survey of automotive designers and other engineers shows lightweighting dominates the discussion. But which materials will help them meet the 2025 CAFE standards are not entirely clear.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
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