For rats and other rodents, plastics are a popular menu item. Techmer Polymer Modifiers (www.techmerpm.com) has come up with a polymer additive that keeps these pests from nibbling on important plastics. The company's PM 12211E63 Repellent imbues polyolefins and other thermoplastics with a taste that rodents find repulsive. At the same time, the modifier is non-toxic to pets—as well as the rodents themselves. PM 12211E63 has seen use in wire and cable insulation, fiber-optic cables, plastic pipe, garbage containers, agricultural films, and outdoor furniture.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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