Ultradur High Speed, a high-flow PBT that BASF introduced last year, has now become the company's first engineering plastic to receive an "eco-efficiency" label after a third-party review of the material's energy-saving potential. The material contains nano-scale additives that reduce its viscosity by roughly 50 percent — without sacrificing other properties. This easy flow has implications for molders trying to fill thin wall parts or cut cycle times. But it also has an environmental benefit in the form of energy savings. Extra flow can reduce the amount of energy needed to make a given part — by reducing molding machine temperatures, molding pressures and cycle times. The savings can be significant, according to an eco-efficiency review conducted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Energy usage from reducing molding machine heats and pressures can be 20 percent less than a comparable higher viscosity polymer. Cycle time reduction, with its obvious energy implications, can fall by 30 percent. For more information on Ultradur, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4933-533.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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