Maria Yee Inc., a Santa Cruz, CA lifestyle design company, has started to produce its home furnishings using patent-pending, BambooTimbre. The new product was designed to meet stringent Greenguard and E-1 standards for low-emitting materials. The product also qualifies as a “rapidly renewable” material, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. Maria Yee created BambooTimbre as an alternative to the dwindling hardwood. The tough material is made from 100 percent Moso, a bamboo species that can be planted and harvested within a five-year cycle. The company notes that BambooTimbre requires no synthetic polymers to protect its surface and does not release harmful, volatile compounds into the atmosphere.
Bamboo furniture is an eco-alternative to other woods.
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.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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