Rogers Corporation has added six new, extra-soft materials to its 4790-92 PORON Urethanes family. Available in 12- and 15-lb densities, these new products are up to 90% softer than the previous extra-soft, slow-rebound materials. With their longer recovery times and compression set less than 2%, the materials can serve in gasketing and cushioning applications requiring low closure forces, including handheld electronics. These products are cast directly onto a 0.002-inch polyester film. The materials will retain their properties at constant temperatures of up to 158F and can survive intermittent temperatures of up to 250F (121C). Visit www.rogerscorporation.com for more information.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
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.
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