Polytrope(reg) thermoplastic elastomers (TPOs) are typically blends of polypropylene, EPDM rubber, fillers, and additives yielding a wide range of properties. Most notable for their low specific gravity and low-cost raw materials supply base, thermoplastic elastomers provide a cost/performance ratio for automotive applications. TPOs can be compounded to possess a comprehensive range of physical properties from soft and rubber-like to hard and rigid.
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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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