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Recyclable polymer shows practical properties of plastics

Recyclable polymer shows practical properties of plastics
The world fell in love with plastics because they’re cheap, convenient, lightweight and long-lasting. For these same reasons, plastics are now trashing the Earth. Colorado State University chemists have announced in the journal Science another major step toward waste-free, sustainable materials that could one day compete with conventional plastics.
27th April 2018

Easily print durable signs to improve on safety

Easily print durable signs to improve on safety
The new S3100 Sign & Label Printer from Brady enables users to easily print a wide range of reliable safety signs and facility labels, even in standalone mode, to increase workplace safety and efficiency on demand. A wide range of labels & signs The new S3100 Sign & Label Printer enables users to print a wide range of signs and labels to increase safety and efficiency in any workplace.
23rd April 2018

Affordable mixing machine for liquids pastes and powders

Affordable mixing machine for liquids pastes and powders
New from Intertronics, the Thinky ARM-310 Engineering Compounds Mixer offers an alternative to mixing by hand, with simple operation and fully homogenous results in a few minutes; results which are repeatable time after time. The bench-top machine has a compact 300x340mm footprint and costs less than £5,000.
20th April 2018


3D printed metamaterials for sound and vibration control

3D printed metamaterials for sound and vibration control
Researchers have been pushing the capabilities of materials by carefully designing precise structures that exhibit abnormal properties that can control acoustic or optical waves. However, these metamaterials are constructed in fixed geometries, meaning their unique abilities are always fixed. Now, new 3D printed metamaterial developed by a team led by USC Viterbi researchers can be remotely switched between active control and passive states.
13th April 2018

Manufacturing the impossible with photo chemical etching

Manufacturing the impossible with photo chemical etching
For designers looking to manufacture burr and stress free metal parts with complex geometries, maintain the flexibility to make last minute design changes, and mass produce prototypes quickly, photo chemical etching is increasingly seen as the answer. Chemical etching offers both an economical and efficient solution, and allows for the mass production of incredibly intricate, thin metal parts at a fraction of the cost of other methods.
9th April 2018

Nihon Superior rebrands SN100C alloy with new logo

Nihon Superior rebrands SN100C alloy with new logo
Nihon Superior Co. Ltd. has introduced its new SN100C logo. The logo replaces the originally used SN100C logo and will be used worldwide to brand this important alloy. The announcement was made during the recent IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego. The three-ring logo has significance in its meaning for the representation of Sn-Cu-Ni, the fundamental composition of the SN100C solder alloy. Sn is represented by the red “S”, Ni by the blue “N”, and Cu by the black “C”.
28th March 2018

Scientists are on the brink of a titanium revolution

Scientists are on the brink of a titanium revolution
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in Porton Down has revolutionised the production of titanium by reducing the 40 stage process down to just two steps and potentially halving the cost. Titanium is as strong as steel and half the weight - but around ten times the cost. It is notoriously difficult and expensive to make which limits its wider use.
26th March 2018

The mystifying physics of paint-on semiconductors

The mystifying physics of paint-on semiconductors
  Some novel materials that sound too good to be true turn out to be true and good. An emergent class of semiconductors, which could affordably light up our future with nuanced colors emanating from lasers, lamps, and even window glass, could be the latest example. These materials are very radiant, easy to process from solution, and energy-efficient.
19th March 2018

First clear UL94 V-0 flame retardant PU resin for the LED market

First clear UL94 V-0 flame retardant PU resin for the LED market
Electrolube has frequently been approached regarding the prospect of an optically clear, flame retardant resin. As the demand for LED encapsulation ever increases, particularly for hazardous areas, Electrolube has developed the long-awaited new UR5641 encapsulation resin. Technically, UR5641 almost defies convention and is very different from other resins that claim to be flame retardant and transparent.
15th March 2018

Nanodiamonds boost 3D printed polymer performance

Nanodiamonds boost 3D printed polymer performance
Carbodeon and Tiamet 3D have announced the first nanodiamond-enhanced filaments for 3D printing. The Carbodeon/Tiamet 3D filaments are based on a jointly-patented technology which significantly improves the mechanical and thermal properties of 3D printed items. “By joining forces we’ve already developed filaments with a 100% increase in tensile strength, improved printability, and better thermal properties,” said Mr Reid Larson, CEO of Tiamet 3D.
15th March 2018


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