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Can Gas Jet process challenge electrospinning in producing polymeric nanofibers?

Mannigton converts large stickers from 2010 winter games into commercial flooring

A new microcellular injection molding process for polycarbonate using water

Kyoto researchers are upbeat about cellulose nanofibers based composites for auto parts

Stratasys touts World’s first color multi-material 3D printer for rubber & plastics products

Polymer helps to designing higher capacity Li-ion battery

Chinese researchers made a bendy polymer that could separate aromatics hydrocarbons from aliphatic

Cima NanoTech flexes mussels with its non-Indium Tin Oxide, high performance transparent conductors

USA researchers report polymeric blood-resistant surgical glue that can repair minimally invasive heart defects

Green Composites - all you wanted to know about

Can you 3D print yourself? TwinKinds of Germany shows just that!

Work of North Carolina State Univ. researchers shows how to remove radioactive elements from drinking water

Japanese scientists report a unique, smart and self-healing polymer nanocomposite hydrogels

Caltech researchers show through telechelic polymers how to produce a safer and a cleaner fuel

Polymers help Addidas to launch lightest soccer boots and 2010 FIFA World cup match ball never seen before in the field

Siver nanowire electrodes for flexible electronics

It is time to make “Perfect Plastic” reports UK researchers

Austrian researcher reports new opportunities from Silicon oxide Nanofilms

How blood can clot to heal a wound - Science reports

Scientists from Sweden and USA showed electronics can truly be organic or say truly be plastics

How Collagen nanofibers could find use in Tissue Engineering

NIST develops greener solution to challenge commercial fire retardants

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For the first time, IBM researchers showed 3D molecular structure could be observed

Alberta scientists help to make Canada’s first bio-composite based electric vehicle body design

A team of researchers demonstrate plastics and graphene can work together to make touch screen device a reality

Can polymer reinforced aerogel make a space mission? University of Akron researchers think so!

Singapore researchers touts corn starch can help solve body armour and protective sports padding

Norner touts major research project on polymers based on carbon dioxide

Using biodegradable polymer, University of Basque country researcher report on bone regeneration

Harvard University researchers design stretchable, transparent ionic conductors

French scientists tout first use of nano-structured assemblies that could revolutionize dentistry

Plastic Logic sees mass production of flexible display in 2008

Plastrec, a Quebec recycler unveils recycled PET production combining two plastics technologies

James Cropper Speciality Paper touts recycling of disposable coffee cups

Researchers review how to characterize polymer nanocomposites by different microscopicy techniques

Nanoparticle coating prevents ice build up

Binder free multilayer graphene based polymer composite for high performance supercapacitor electrodes

Non-toxic, liquid bandage from Chesson Labs of Durham, NC is ready for the healthcare market

World’s first all-plastic LED lamp comes from Japan

Korean scientists provide a different twist to the “Smart Window” technology

Yale scientists develop high performance thin film composite membrane

Stanford Univ researchers make Jell-O-like conducting polymer hydrogels

ZogglesTM earns Invention of the year 2010 award and keeps the fog away

Umass, Amherst researchers find ways to hold 300 kilograms of weight using sticky tape

MIT researchers develop first Solar Thermal Fuel storage platform in solid-state

Arkema unveils a range of "green" polymers for its textile market

Scientists from IBM and Stanford University are developing new plastics recycling process

Battelle researchers are improving PLA for injection molding applications

Polymer bank notes on the rise to avoid counterfeit paper currencies

MIT researchers develop first Solar Thermal Fuel storage platform in solid-state

US researchers develop shape memory polymer nanocomposites exhibiting fast actuation speed

Block copolymers could create hard disks with 10 tera-bit-per-Square-inch:Researchers predict

Japanese researchers are developing stereo-block type PLAs for high performance materials

Bio-succinic acid is becoming new green platform chemical for plastics

New ambipolar polymer beats others: reports US researchers

Carbon3D, a Canadian company unveils a breakthrough technology for layerless 3D printing

How computer modelling & 3D printing create fracture resistant composites – reports Stratasys and MIT researchers

US and South Korean researchers develop a printing technique to make high performance CNT transistors

Work of North Carolina State Univ. researchers shows how to remove radioactive elements from drinking water

Braskem S.A. is leading the way to manufacture biobased polyethylene using catalytic dehydration

Univ of Texas @ Austin scientists reported method to produce a large scale reduced graphene oxide

Harvard Univ researchers show how soft robotics could navigate a difficult obstacle

Austrian scientists claim to be the first to have developed an image sensor that is fully transparent

In Milan, art and science get together to showcase Vegetal, weather resistant designer chair

Current trends and future prospects for flame retardants in polymeric materials

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Prof. Alan Heegers group demonstrated the potential of plastics solar cells

MIT researchers show how to draw Polyethylene as nanofibers and get a very high thermal conductivity

Rutgers Univ researchers moves plastic electronics with graphene based PS thin films

A novel technique to manufacture continuous twisted yarn from aligned PAN nanofibers

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Wax could be green too – touts GreenMantra Technolgies!

Brazilian scientists are actively pursuing bioplastics research and innovation

Practical Devices provide useful power from the body

Are you interested in self-healing polymers – must read reviews

Innovations in design come from plastics to win several 2009 International Design Excellence Awards

Self-healing plastics healing like human skin

Strain Paint: an alternative to strain gauges

Bayer uses PC film Makrofol? for it's new Innosec Fusion? technology to stop counterfeiting

University of Texas at Austin researchers show use of polymer membranes for fracking in shale gas

Are you an injection moulder, you may want to read the ultimate in mould cooling article

Stanford university researchers detect mercury ions in sea water using organic polymer transistor sensor

Something old... Something new.... produces an interesting marriage

GM recycles oil soaked booms from the Gulf of Mexico for its Chevrolet Volt under hood parts

Rice Univ (USA) researchers grew high quality graphene from polystyrene, cookies, grass, cockroach leg & dog feces

AMI unveils the North American Bioplastics technology agenda

Swedish researchers show highest reported charge capacities for all polymer paper-based battery

MIT team aims to develop application specific surgical adhesives to seal tissues

Researchers gather to discuss advances in organic photovoltaics (OPV)

Researchers show stretchy battery for flexible and stretchable electronics

USA researchers develop all-polymer multilayer coating to retard fire and to suppress smoke

Electric Glue: Another twist to make controlled polymer-surface adhesion

If you follow plastics electronics - follow Unidym’s innovative product lines

Can polymer reinforced aerogel make a space mission? University of Akron researchers think so!

Advanced nanocomposite membrane technology of NanoH2O turns it to a Global clean technology company

Researchers develop unique printable thin film supercapacitor using SWCNT

Polymers can be used to package insulin into a pill for diabetes treatment reports Indian scientists

Princeton university researchers embedded piezoelectric material onto polymer as energy harvester

A review on polymer/bioactive glass nanocomposites provides current trends in polymer research

3D systems introduces non-halogenated flame retardant for aircraft applications

IKV researchers report thermoplastic/metal hybrid materials for Direct manufacturing electronic part

German researchers unveiled a green approach to electrospinning technique for making biodegradable nanofibres

Canadian researchers claim world’s most efficient “inverted” OPV solar cells

Oil-SAP, a novel development to clean-up oil spill & recovery from Penn State University, USA

Stanford researchers use cheap plastics film to make safe lithium batteries

Can you “Cool Your Roof” - reports researchers from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

Sabic Innovative Plastics unveils its newly developed a clear flame retardant Polycarbonate copolymer

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UC Berkley researchers have developed paper thin e-skin that responds to touch

Plastics help design non-shatter pint glass to prevent pub attacks

McMaster university (Canada) researchers developed flexible solar cell technology

UCLA scientists showed how simple it could be to make conducting polymer thin films

Stratasys touts World’s first color multi-material 3D printer for rubber & plastics products

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In an article appeared today (January 29, 2014) in The Guardian newspaper, Stuart Dredge wrote, “From jet parts to unborn babies, icebergs to crime scenes, dolls to houses: how new technology is shaking up making things1. Mr. Dredge was speaking about 3D printing technology.  The heart of this technology is the 3D printer itself. 

Stratasys, a company headquartered in Minneapolis, USA is the manufacturer of 3D printers.  It recently announced the launch of Color Multi-material 3D Printer, the first and only 3D printer to combine colors with multi-material 3D printing.  According to the press release2, by using cyan, magenta, and yellow, multi-material objects can be printed in hundreds of colors.  The technology is based on proven Connex technology.  While the base materials are plastics and elastomers, they can be combined and treated to make finished products of wide ranging flexibility and rigidity, transparency and opacity.  Designers, engineers and manufacturers can create models, mold, and parts that match the characteristics of the finished production part. This includes achieving excellent mechanical properties.  According to the manufacturer, print job in the newly revealed printer can run with about 30 kg of resin per cycle and prints as fine as 16 micron layers for models.  No wonder why some call the new Color Multi-material 3D printer a groundbreaking stuff.

References:
1. www.theguardian.com.technology/2014/jan/29/3d-printing-limbs-cars-selfies (January 29, 2014)
2. http://investors.stratasys.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=821134 (August 3, 2014)