"Plastics are Future" Presented Innovations in Materials Technology
At the end of April, the Plastics Technology Centre Aimplas has brought together around 200 professionals of the plastics industry during two days in Valencia, Spain, in an international meeting where the latest developments on materials were presented and discussed. The first edition of the seminar "Plastics are Future" focused on the most recent innovations on plastic materials and their applications in sectors such as medicine, electronics, construction and packaging.
The University of Alicante showed the characteristics of a self-healing new material with intelligent properties, whereas Stratasys informed on additive manufacturing innovations by means of its new 3-D printers. The applications of the new plastic materials in sectors such as medicine were shown by professionals from the Virgen Macarena - Virgen del Rocío University Hospital, who have already carried out complex cardiovascular interventions successfully, assisted by 3-D printed organ models.
As Adolfo Benedito, Materials researcher in Aimplas and organizer of the meeting stated, “the innovation in polymers has allowed to obtain new high-performance materials, such as fire-resistant or superhydrophobic materials with anti-icing properties with applications in demanding sectors, such as construction and aeronautics”. Additives and nanomaterials are some of the allies of plastic or polymer materials, which allow giving them new properties until they become what has been called “intelligent plastics”. Their capability to react to external stimuli and change shape and state gives them a huge advantage with regard to conventional materials: Derprosa, Madrid, Spain, has launched a new film-shaped material used as a packaging coating. Its product Soft Touch has proved the influence of touch and sight in customer’s purchasing decision to the point of causing positive neuronal sensations that lead to buy in a 70 % of the consumers surveyed. (ed.)
AIMPLAS Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico
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