High-performance engineering thermoplastics like ULTEM 9085 are giving engineers more options in using additive manufacturing for creating finished, end-use production parts, not just prototypes. ULTEM 9085 was used to 3D-print this M3500 instrument, which is a turn and bank indicator that tells the pilot the rate of aircraft turn.
Although plastics make up only about 11% of all US municipal solid waste, many are actually more energy-dense than coal. Converting these non-recycled plastics into energy with existing technologies could reduce US coal consumption, as well as boost domestic energy reserves, says a new study.
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