The restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS) became effective July 2006 in many countries. In addition, concerns for global warming and meeting the Kyoto Protocol, energy conservation concerns and other environmental awareness efforts have challenged the materials sector. In response, several industry organizations have taken a proactive approach to ensure the continued success of their members and act responsibly to avoid violating government regulations and being in the crosshairs of environment advocate groups.
Some organizations have been active in the environmental efforts for many years. For example, the North American Die Casting Assn. NADCA has been part of the EPA's Sector Strategies Program since the 1990s. The EPA effort addresses performance improvement and burden reduction in 13 important sectors.
NADCA boasts that more than 95 percent of the aluminum die castings produced in North America are made of post-consumer recycled aluminum. This provides considerable energy reduction, since the production of recycled aluminum alloy requires less energy than producing alloy directly from ore or other methods.
By experimenting with the photovoltaic reaction in solar cells, researchers at MIT have made a breakthrough in energy efficiency that significantly pushes the boundaries of current commercial cells on the market.
In a world that's going green, industrial operations have a problem: Their processes involve materials that are potentially toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive. If improperly managed, this can precipitate dangerous health and environmental consequences.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is