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  • 06-21-2017

    Biodegradable Plastics Obtained from Feathers

    Keratin as Valuable Additive in Plastics Manufacturing

    The European project Karma 2020 will develop a waste valorization technology in the poultry industry to obtain new biodegradable packages, biocomposites, fertilizers and flame-retardant breathable fabrics.   more

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  • 06-14-2017

    Degradable Polyolefins

    Accelerating the Degradation of PE Composite Mulches

    Researchers have studied the use of PMMA-surface-modified TiO2 nanoparticles as additives to promote the degradation of polyethylene.   more

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  • 06-08-2017

    PE Bag Substitutes Mother's Womb

    A Biobag Replicates the Size and Shape of the Uterus

    In animal studies, CHOP researchers design a fluid-filled environment to bridge the critical time for premature babies from the mother’s womb to the outside world.   more

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  • 05-31-2017

    Fabrication Technology in the Fourth Dimension

    Researchers Develop New 4D Printing Process

    Researchers at ETH Zurich have taken 4D printing one step further by developing a construction principle that can produce load-bearing and predictable structures.   more

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  • 05-26-2017

    Fast Product Change in Extrusion

    Excellence Clusters Studies Additively Manufactured Extrusion Dies

    Research in the Excellence Cluster "Integrative production technology for high-wage countries" shows improved rinse properties with additively manufactured extrusion dies.   more

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  • 05-22-2017

    Lightweight Solution as Noise Barrier and Privacy Shield

    Tunnel in the Air Made of ETFE Film Cushions

    In Kuala Lumpur, a hightech tunnel encloses a curved section of the railway track with 363 film cushions, which are made from the high-performance 3M Dyneon Fluoroplastic ETFE.   more

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  • 05-10-2017

    Fish Waste to Be Turned into Plastics

    European Project Studies the Potential of Organic Waste

    The European project Dafia aims to recover the organic fraction of municipal solid waste and marine rest raw materials from the fish industry to obtain new products and additives of high added value.   more

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  • 05-04-2017

    CloudFlow: Compact – State of the Art – Modular

    Quick Help from the Cloud

    The manufacture of special dies is demanding, expensive and requires various programs. The CloudFlow platform now links these programs and makes them available for users online.   more

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  • 04-27-2017

    Nano Structures to Stifle Bacteria

    Roll-to-Roll Production of Large-Surface Anti-Microbial Films

    The European "Flexopol" project develops a production system to apply anti-microbial surface structures to a large surface area of plastic films.   more

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  • 04-26-2017

    Caterpillar Found to Eat Plastic

    Biodegradable Solution to Plastic Pollution?

    A common insect larva that eats beeswax has been found to break down chemical bonds in the plastic used for packaging and shopping bags at uniquely high speeds.   more

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  • 04-12-2017

    Bacteria Produce Polymers

    Biotechnologically Produced Building Blocks

    A project group focuses on the biotechnological production of tailormade synthetics made of polyhydroxybutyric acid (PHB). Bacteria produce this biopolymer as a storage substance.   more

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  • 04-04-2017

    Carbon Fiber Composite Subframe

    34 Percent Mass Reduction

    Together with Ford Motor Company, Magna International brings carbon fiber composites into the vehicle structure with an innovative subframe.   more

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  • 03-27-2017

    Thermochromic Bio-Pigments

    Packaging Temperature-Sensitive Products

    Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP is developing biobased thermochromic plastics   more

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  • 03-21-2017

    Targeted Pressure to Modify Material Properties

    Highly Efficient Dampers Made of Conventional Material

    Sound and vibration damping is by several orders of magnitude higher if using a process recently patented. The process is not about new materials, but about applying existing materials under changed conditions.   more

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  • 03-14-2017

    3D Printing Large Automotive Parts

    Keeping Light-Weighting and Personalization in Mind

    Ford Motor Company is testing 3D printing of large-scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D Printer.   more

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  • 03-09-2017

    Oversizing No More Necessary

    Textile-based Sensors Enable Safe Monitoring of CFRP Components

    Textile-based sensor networks can detect local and global loads acting upon heavy-duty components. This will make oversizing of CFRP components unnecessary in the future.   more

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  • 02-23-2017

    Laser Processes for Hybrid Construction

    Joining FRP and Metal Reliably

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT has developed three laser-based processes for use with plastic-metal composites.   more

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  • 02-15-2017

    Bioplastics Made from Paper Waste

    Aimplas Finishes European Project Brigit

    New technology obtains biodegradable and flame-retardant panels for trucks and buses from wastes from the paper industry.   more

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  • 02-10-2017

    Biofibers Made from Green Lacewing Silk

    High-Grade Rigid Fiber for Lightweight Plastics

    The Fraunhofer IAP and AMSilk GmbH are developing innovative biofibers made from a silk protein of the green lacewing.   more

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  • 02-07-2017

    Adaptable 3D Printing

    New Technique Expands the Complexity of 3D-Printed Objects

    MIT chemists have developed a technique that allows them to print objects and then alter them by adding new polymers.   more

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  • 01-30-2017

    Mobile Robot on Demand

    Precise Machining of Large CFRP Structures

    The ProsihP II project led by Fraunhofer IFAM set out to develop technology for the mobile, high-precision machining of large CFRP components using robots working in parallel.   more

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  • 01-16-2017

    Gyroid Shape Provides High Strength at Light Weight

    Researchers Design One of the Strongest, Lightest Materials Known

    A team of researchers at MIT has designed one of the strongest lightweight materials known, by compressing and fusing flakes of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon.   more

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  • 01-04-2017

    Powder Gelcoat with Electrical Conductivity Properties

    Reduces Curing Times Significantly

    The Spanish Technology Institute Aimplas coordinated the European project Ecogel Cronos which aimed at developing a powder gelcoat coating with electrical conductivity properties obtained by incorporating carbonaceous fillers.   more

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  • 12-21-2016

    Robust Integration of Electronics into Lightweight Structures

    Continuous Fiber-Reinforced Moldings with Electronic Functions

    In a research project named TEMAG, scientists of TU University Dresden, Germany, developed a process to produce continuous fiber-reinforced injection molded components with integrated electronic functional elements.   more

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  • 12-14-2016

    Nature as a Role Model: Artificial Spider Silk for Textiles

    Bionic High-Performance Fiber Biosteel

    Biosteel is the first natural-based high-performance fiber patterned on spider silk. It is completely biodegradable, anti-microbacterial and extremely tough.   more

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  • 12-08-2016

    New Microstructural Model for LFTs

    To Exploit Maximum Lightweight Potential

    Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM have made a considerable step towards a realistic representation of the microstructure of long fiber-reinforced thermoplastics.   more

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  • 12-01-2016

    Automated Real-Time Control for RTM

    Airbus, Fill and IKV Developed Adaptive Injection Unit

    Together with its partners, the IKV in Aachen developed an injection unit with an integrated sensor. The unit is said to make the process significantly faster as well as cheaper.   more

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  • 11-29-2016

    Precise Laser Drilling of CFRP Components

    Developing a Systems and Process Technique to Meet Aviation Requirements

    Four enterprises and Laser Zentrum Hannover co-operate in the new Labokomp joint research project.   more

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  • 11-21-2016

    Imaging the Inside of Cells Using Polymeric Nanoparticles

    Progress in Medical Technology

    Using MPC polymers researchers at the University of Tokyo improve the effectiveness of nanoparticles as biomedical tools.   more

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  • 11-14-2016

    Creation of Methanol Unravelled

    Discovery May Revolutionize the Production of Methanol

    Scientists at KU Leuven and Stanford University have unravelled the mechanism behind the direct conversion process of natural gas into methanol at room temperature.   more

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  • 11-10-2016

    Expandable Particles Based on Renewable Raw Materials

    Biodegradable Plastics

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (Umsicht) has recently developed an alternative material that mainly consists of plant starch and water.   more

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  • 11-08-2016

    Biodegradable Mulch Films and Geotextiles

    Developed for Agriculture and Waterways Engineering

    Two projects are undertaking investigations to develop new mulch films and geotextiles out of biobased polymers and natural fibers, due to start degradation at exactly the right point in time.   more

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  • 11-02-2016

    Generating Plastics and Fuels on a CO2 Basis

    Project Coral – CO2 as a Raw Material “Out of the Air”

    Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas. However, it can also be a valuable resource - for example, of plastics or renewable fuels - that could eventually replace the fossil fuels of natural gas and oil.   more

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  • 10-18-2016

    New Synthetic Resin: Curing at the Touch of a Button

    Local UV Flashes Trigger Chemical Cascade Reaction

    A new special resin formulation which was developed at TU Wien, Austria, solidifies within seconds.   more

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  • 10-13-2016

    Polymers for Printed Electronics

    Conductive Plastics

    Synthesized n-type conductive polymer can be processed as a paste and used for 3-dimensional printing.   more

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  • 10-11-2016

    Graphene to Step up Fiber Composite Performance

    Huntsman Advanced Materials Investigate Composites with Graphene Enhancement

    It is considered the miracle material of the 21st century: graphene. This carbon modification features the most unusual properties, most of all high strength at extremely low weight. The material might soon improve composite structures.   more

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  • 10-05-2016

    Cutting Costs, Improving Flexibility and Productivity

    Efficient Purging with HPC Compounds

    Purging of polycarbonate or high-temperature thermoplastics poses a particular challenge to the operator. Many purging compounds reach their limits here. Could HPC compounds be an alternative? Scientists of the SKZ looked into this issue.   more

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  • 09-29-2016

    Edible Food Packaging Made from Milk Proteins

    Water-Resistant Films

    An Agricultural Research Service scientist has received a patent for her method to turn a milk protein into water-resistant films that could be used to coat or package foods.   more

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  • 09-26-2016

    Handle and up to 500 Bristles Made of the Same Material

    Technology Partners Produce Interdental Brush with Delicate Structure by One-Component Injection Molding

    A new interdental brush is entirely made of plastic material, with even its fine bristles injection molded. Dispensing with the usual metal insert, the production process is considerably facilitated.   more

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  • 09-22-2016

    Recycling of Rigid Plastics

    Cluster Project on Technology and Efficiency

    The plastics cluster “Kunststoff-Cluster” of Austria has investigated the issue of recycling for rigid plastics in a recent project. It became clear that the low price of crude oil is the critical factor to determine the efficiency of processes.   more

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  • 09-07-2016

    New Types of Membrane to Fight Harmful Proteins

    Scientists Develop Plastics for Dialysis

    A research group of biochemistry department at TU University Berlin, Germany, has developed the MembraTech membrane technology which represents the starting point to modify membrane surfaces and is based on the green chemistry concept which has little impact on the environment.   more

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  • 09-02-2016

    Homogenizing Section Clarified

    Measuring Technique Provides New Insight into the Compounding Process

    In order to systematically investigate energy input into the homogenizing section of the co-rotating twin screw extruder, Fraunhofer LBF developed a new instrument to visualize the cross-section of the plasticizing section.   more

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  • 08-30-2016

    Development Assistance for Lightweight Applications

    Standard Mold Units for Forming and Backmolding of Organosheets

    In order to support prospective customers in a way that is fast, easy and inexpensive when it comes to developing thermoplastic lightweight components out of organosheets, a team of specialists in lightweight construction specially developed an extremely flexible standard mold unit.   more

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  • 08-25-2016

    Utilizing the Potentials of Plastics for Lightweight Construction

    On the Track of Complex Material Behavior

    The Fraunhofer LBF in Darmstadt, Germany, developed the “reduced integrative simulation” method that allows for simplified calculation models to be established for short-fiber reinforced polymer components.   more

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  • 08-22-2016

    Innovation Could Cut Cost of Manufacturing Plastics

    Breakthrough Technology from ExxonMobil Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology

    If brought to industrial scale, this breakthrough could reduce industry’s global annual carbon dioxide emissions by up to 45 million tons.   more

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  • 08-17-2016

    New Way to Recycle Plastic Waste into Fuel

    Degradation of Polyethylenes into Liquid Fuels and Waxes under Mild Conditions

    UCI chemists have figured out how to dissolve the strong bonds of polyethylene plastic to re-create petroleum and other products.   more

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  • 08-04-2016

    Ultrashort Pulsed Laser Radiation Removes Outer Layers

    Structuring Fiber-Reinforced Components and Removing their Coatings

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT developed a method that allows the outer layers of the surrounding polymer matrix to be removed without damaging the underlying fibers.   more

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  • 08-02-2016

    Materials that Change Color

    Bend-Induced-Oscillatory-Shearing Produces "Polymer Opals"

    Using a new method called Bend-Induced-Oscillatory-Shearing (BIOS), the researchers are able to produce hundreds of meters of these materials, known as ‘polymer opals’, on a roll-to-roll process.   more

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  • 07-29-2016

    Sorting Black Plastics according to Type

    blackValue – Recycling Black Plastics

    Using optical procedures, black plastics, as known from dashboards, are hard to sort according to the type of plastic material. A new system has now been developed by Fraunhofer researchers to sort black plastics according to type.   more

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  • 07-25-2016

    Orange Shell, Green Core

    Bioplastic PLimC from Orange Peels and Carbon Dioxide

    Researchers from Bayreuth University have developed a new new bioplastic using orange peels and carbon dioxide. PLimC is said to feature the same properties as conventional plastics in terms of performance and variety of applications.   more

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