The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) plans to use
renewable, sustainable, sugarcane-derived plastic on selected packaging for its
Pantene Pro-V, CoverGirl and Max Factor brands.
Sugarcane-derived plastic is unlike traditional plastic,
which is made from non-renewable petroleum. The new material is made in a
process that transforms sugarcane into high-density polyethylene plastic, a
substance commonly used for product packaging. P&G says the substance is
100-percent recyclable in existing municipal recycling facilities.
P&G will source the sugarcane-derived plastic from
Braskem SA, a company that manufactures the material using ethanol made from
sustainably grown Brazilian sugarcane. The pilot will be rolled out globally
over the next two years. The first products are expected to hit the shelves
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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