The Estane Thermoplastic Polyurethane Div. of BFGoodrich Performance Materials has introduced a product portfolio that provides "excellent high resiliency and high-rebound characteristics comparable to natural rubber across several applications." It contains Estane(reg) thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) products designed to replace traditional thermoset rubber materials, while delivering the advantage of rubber and thermoplastics. The material is available in injection-molding and extrusion grades for such uses as gaskets and seals, medical devices, sporting goods, tubing, and wire and cable jacketing. The products exhibit improved tensile strength, strong tear and abrasion resistance, paintability, low specific gravity, increased Vicat, andare recyclable. BFGoodrich Specialty Plastics (M), 9911 Brecksville Road, Cleveland, OH 44141, FAX (216) 447-6211.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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