Alcryn Melt-Processible Rubber, a thermoplastic elastomer, has become more colorful of late. The supplier, Advanced Polymer Alloys, has rolled out translucent and water-clear Alcryn grades that work well with color concentrates. These see-through base materials have been used to impart special effects—pearlescent, metallic, and thermochromic looks—to elastomer overmoldings. For more info, visit www.APAinfo.com.
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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