Dutch chemicals’ innovator Avantium will announce later this year a joint application development partner in a specific polyamide (nylon) area. Avantium is now in the second year of a joint development effort with NatureWorks for polyester materials. “The focus (with NatureWorks) is on bottle (PET replacement and possibly new applications), film and fiber,” says Gert-Jan Gruter, chief technology officer for Avantium.
Avantium is currently building a pilot plant for its YXY chemical process which will start up early next year. “From there we want to go as fast as possible to a demo plant for pre-marketing material (1000 ton– 2013) and to commercial production (30000 ton — 2015-16),” adds Gruter. .
The output of the YXY process are furanics, which are chemicals that are formed when you take carbohydrates and remove the water. Avantium says it has developed a patented chemical catalytic process technology to convert biomass directly into furanics.
Avantium expects to initiate other polymer and plasticizer development collaborations later this year.
A recent report sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) focuses on emerging gasification technologies for converting waste into energy and fuel on a large scale and saving it from the landfill. Some of that waste includes non-recycled plastic.
Capping a 30-year quest, GE Aviation has broken ground on the first high-volume factory for producing commercial jet engine components from ceramic matrix composites. The plant will produce high-pressure turbine shrouds for the LEAP Turbofan engine.
Seismic shifts in 3D printing materials include an optimization method that reduces the material needed to print an object by 85 percent, research designed to create new, stronger materials, and a new ASTM standard for their mechanical properties.
A recent study finds that 3D printing is both cheaper and greener than traditional factory-based mass manufacturing and distribution. At least, it's true for making consumer plastic products on open-source, low-cost RepRap printers.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.