Lubrizol has developed a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) urethane that targets replacement of silicone in peristaltic pumps. Peristaltic pumps are positive displacement pumps used to pump a variety of fluids. A technical officer of Lubrizol interviewed at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA yesterday said that the new TPU is melt processable, unlike silicone, which is a thermoset. The new material would be one of the softest TPUs with Rockwell Hardness of 62A. The product was on display at the Lubrizol booth. Full details are expected to be disclosed at the Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) of the Society of Plastics Engineers in Boston this May.
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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