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  • 06-04-2018

    Fire Resistant, Sprayable and Ecologically Friendly

    Newly Developed Thermosets with Natural Fiber

    The thermoset specialists at Lorenz Kunststofftechnik have developed a Bulk Moulding Compound (BMC) with jute, cotton or sisal fibre, that exhibits, depending on the composition, similar properties to traditional FRP.   more

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  • 05-22-2018

    Fiber-Reinforced Components in Small Batches

    Combined Joining and Forming Process

    The Institute of Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University has, as part of a joint BMBF project called "LightFlex", linked up with other project partners to develop an photonic-based production process for increased flexibility and geometrical complexity in prototype and small-series manufacture.   more

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  • 05-14-2018

    Remove Components from Molds without Residuals

    Release Agent Free Manufacture of FRP Components

    The Fraunhofer IFAM has succeeded in expanding the process-technical application possibilities of a flexible release film.   more

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  • 04-29-2018

    Keep Films, Photos and Records Longer

    Aimplas Develops Packaging Made of Nanofibers and Composites

    The Nemosine project aims to improve traditional storage solutions for visual and sound memory by developing a novel packaging that will save energy and extend preservation time.   more

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  • 04-19-2018

    Combining the Benefits of 3D Printing and Casting

    Additive Freeform Casting

    In additive freeform casting, first a shell of the part is manufactured using FLM printing, then this shell is filled with a two-component resin.   more

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  • 04-18-2018

    Engineering a Plastic-Eating Enzyme

    Solution to One of the Biggest Environmental Problems?

    Teams at the University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics. The research is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).   more

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  • 04-11-2018

    From Plastic Waste to a Valuable Resource

    3D Filament from Post-Consumer PET Used to 3D Print Spare Parts

    The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.S. Marine Corps collaborate and make discovery to use waste plastics for 3D printing parts that soldiers may need on the battlefield.   more

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  • 04-04-2018

    Polycarbonate Molecule Kills Superbugs

    Fight against Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

    Researchers from IBM and Singapore’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology developed a new class of antimicrobial polymers designed to kill five deadly types of multi-drug-resistant bacteria with limited side effects.   more

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  • 03-28-2018

    Multi-Material Roof Bow

    Hybrid Automotive Component for Series Production

    Together with industrial partners, two Fraunhofer Institutes have developed a hybrid component that demonstrates the successful implementation of new innovative laser processes in lightweight production.   more

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  • 03-22-2018

    Intelligent Models for the Process Set-up of Injection Molding

    Plastics Industry 4.0

    Under the lead topic "Plastics Industry 4.0", researchers at the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) are occupied with the generation of intelligent models to facilitate the process set-up on an injection molding machine.   more

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  • 03-14-2018

    Exploiting the Possibilities of Industry 4.0

    Digitalized and Connected Manufacturing Environment

    The Fraunhofer High Performance Center for Networked, Adaptive Production aims to realize the complete connectivity of machines and sensors with the goal of evaluating all recorded production data with intelligent algorithms in real time.   more

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  • 03-08-2018

    Plastic Leaf Springs for Series Application

    Reliable Failure Prediction

    In a joint project, a research team from the Ford research center in Aachen and the IKV Aachen is occupied with carrying out a detailed examination of the properties of such springs.   more

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  • 02-28-2018

    Bonding of Metal and Thermoplastics

    Joining Gun Generates Robust Connections within Seconds

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden has developed a new process for joining materials with different properties.   more

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  • 02-21-2018

    Tests Prove HDPE's Recycling Properties

    A Further Step towards Sustainability

    ESE World has carried out the first practical experiment to demonstrate that HDPE can be recycled at least 10 times and further processed under controlled conditions.   more

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  • 02-07-2018

    From Greenhouse Gases to Plastics

    Using Copper to Convert CO2 to Ethylene

    A group of researchers, led by the University of Toronto Ted Sargent group, discovered a new catalyst for recycling carbon dioxide.   more

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  • 01-31-2018

    Changing the Color of 3D Printed Objects

    Custom Ink and Ultraviolet Light

    Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology present ColorFab, a method for repeatedly changing the colors of 3D printed objects, after fabrication.   more

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  • 01-25-2018

    Biodegradable Microplastic Alternatives

    Beech Wood as Abrasive

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS and its partners have tested materials that can replace microplastics in cosmetic products and are biodegradable.   more

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  • 01-17-2018

    From Tree to Structural Foam

    BioEconomy Develops Sustainable Plastics from Biomaterials

    In the framework of a research project of the leading-edge BioEconomy cluster, the Fraunhofer IMWS institute developed plastics out of biomass. The researchers obtained sustainable biopolymers on a tall oil basis.   more

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  • 01-10-2018

    Higher Efficiency in Fiber Lightweight Construction

    Weaving Local Reinforcements into Textiles

    High production costs have been an obstacle to broad implementation of fiber composite materials in industry, until today. A recent project has developed knowledge and skills to enable application of the Open Reed Weaving technique on a large scale.   more

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  • 01-03-2018

    Identifying Microplastics with Fluorescent Dye

    99% of Ocean Microplastics Still Undetected

    A new method, developed by researchers at the University of Warwick, can detect microplastics as small as the width of a human hair, using a fluorescent dye.   more

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  • 12-15-2017

    Transparent, Abrasion-Resistant and Highly Hydrophobic

    Transparent Coatings for Everyday Applications

    Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have created Fluoropor, a material that is both transparent and abrasion-resistant and that consists of a fluorinated polymer foam with continuous nano/micro-structure.   more

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  • 12-06-2017

    Laboratory in a Plastic Bag

    Plasma Functionalizes Film Surface

    With LabBag, Fraunhofer researchers have developed an all-in-one system in the form of a transparent bag that provides a cheap, fast and sterile way to grow, differentiate and freeze stem cells.   more

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  • 11-29-2017

    Printing "Free-Floating" 3D Parts

    Support Free with the “TwoCure” Process

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and Rapid Shape GmbH are working together to further develop resin-based 3D printing.   more

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  • 11-23-2017

    Turning Food Wastes into Bioplastics

    Producing PHA with Fermentation and Bacteria

    Full Cycle Bioplastics has developed a proprietary technology that converts organic wastes into the compostable bioplastic polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA).   more

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  • 11-21-2017

    Peripheral System for Novel Foaming Technique

    High Foaming Pressure during Injection Molding without Machine Upgrade

    The novel process initially loads dried pellets with carbon dioxide in a pressure vessel, and then feeds them to the injection molding machine.   more

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  • 11-16-2017

    Fluffy Sandwich with Strong Features

    Thermoplastic Sandwich Structures Automatically Made

    The research project MAI Sandwich was aimed at developing an entirely automated process that integrates forming, joining of coating and core, plus component functionalization.   more

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  • 11-08-2017

    New Process for Manufacturing MMA

    Excellent Yields, Low Energy Requirements

    With LiMA Evonik has developed an intelligent combination of established process steps and new developments that leads to an entirely new technology of producing methyl methacrylate.   more

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  • 11-01-2017

    PU Spraying plus RIM for Series Application

    High-Performance Sandwich Composites Made in a Single Step

    German company Leichtform is developing a process to produce high-performance sandwich structures for hybrid lightweight construction.   more

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  • 10-25-2017

    Alternative Way to Generate DPC Monomers for PC Production

    In a joint project with „New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization“ of Japan, plastics producers Asahi Kasei developed and tested a new process to generate diphenyl carbonate.   more

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  • 10-18-2017

    High Foaming Pressure without Upgrading

    Weight Savings for the Automotive Industry

    ProTec Polymer Processing has developed an integrated peripheral system as an industrial solution for a novel physical foaming process.   more

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  • 10-11-2017

    Networking Plastics

    Quick Determination of Curing and the Degree of Cross-Linking

    The German Plastic Center SKZ is testing the use of single-sided nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) for the determination of the degree of cross-linking of thermoplastics and thermosets.   more

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  • 10-04-2017

    Shape-Memory Polymer for the Reconstruction of Faces

    Supporting the Growth of New Bone Tissue

    Researchers have developed a “self-fitting” polymer material that expands with warm salt water to precisely fill bone defects, and also acts as a scaffold for new bone growth.   more

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  • 09-27-2017

    Nano-Absorbers for Laser Welding

    Textile and Polymer Materials Perfectly Joined

    Laser welding, as a technology of the future for joining sophisticated composite materials, is expected to push the boundaries of application shortly. Soon there will be absorbers helping to laser weld many more types of textile and polymer material than at present.   more

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  • 09-20-2017

    Electronics, Electric and a Lot of Emotion

    Plastics Trends at IAA Cars 2017

    The automotive industry is one of the most important areas of application for many plastics processors. That's why it's worth taking a look at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany every two years.   more

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  • 09-13-2017

    Delicate Conductor Tracks to Repel Hackers

    3D-MIDs to Protect Payment Terminals

    A manufacturer from Switzerland uses 3D-MID to improve safety and fend off hackers.   more

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  • 09-07-2017

    Multi-Material Design for Large Series

    Organosheets, Fiber Composite Hollow Profiles and Injection Molding Node Structures Combined in a Single Process

    Highly integrated multi-component design with fiber-reinforced thermoplastics enables outstanding weight reduction and production efficiency. A team of partners from industry and science has recently implemented this design with thermoplastic fiber composite hollow profiles.   more

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  • 08-30-2017

    Exploiting Big Data to Create Innovative Materials

    New Paradigm in the Materials Sciences

    Twelve Max Planck Society facilities are bundling their expertise in the data-driven materials sciences.   more

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  • 08-24-2017

    Microcapsules of Biodegradable Plastics

    Increased Awareness of Microplastic Downsides

    Microcapsules neutralize their charge until releasing the active substances at their destination. So they protect their environment, while their residues, however, also cause damage to it.   more

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  • 08-16-2017

    Biodegradable Fibers from Renewable Sources

    Substituting Polyester

    The FIBFAB project will allow obtaining sustainable textile fibers to replace polyester with advantages such as higher breathability, lower weight, better tinting and UV rays resistance.   more

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  • 08-09-2017

    Stronger 3D Printed Parts

    Welding of 3D Printed Carbon Nanotube-Polymer Composites

    Researchers crafted an idea to use carbon nanotubes in 3D printed parts, coupled with microwave energy to weld the layers of parts together.   more

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  • 08-02-2017

    Simple Technique Produces Stronger Polymers

    Half as Many Loops

    Slow addition of one component to the other cuts down on loops that weaken materials such as plastic and rubber.   more

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  • 07-26-2017

    Scientists Investigate Novel Type of 3D Printing Procedure

    Multi-Material 3D Printing for MMD Lightweight Components

    High-performance fiber composite materials have a vast potential. However, to benefit from this potential, economically, suitable manufacturing technologies are essential.   more

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  • 07-19-2017

    Generating Energy out of Waste Plastic

    Anaerobic Digestion Process

    The first systems to use anaerobic digestion technology to turn waste plastics into energy and fertilizer are being developed in South Australia.   more

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  • 07-12-2017

    Moth Inspires New Processes for Composite Construction

    SGL Group delivers 104 kilometers Sigrafil 50k carbon fiber to the Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart.   more

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  • 07-05-2017

    Compact Surface Functionalization

    Generation of Targeted Surface Topographies

    Scientists of the Fraunhofer IWS have developed the worldwide most compact system for surface structuring by means of scanner-based direct laser interference patterning.   more

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  • 06-28-2017

    Aniline Derived from Plants

    Improved CO2 Footprint

    Covestro achieved the production of bio-based aniline by collaborating with partners on the development of a completely new process, initially in the laboratory.   more

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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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