INNOVATIONS BLOG

A Beer-based 3D Printing Filament...?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Dec 18, 2015 11:30:00 AM

3D printing company 3Dom USA has released a brand new earth-friendly 3D printing filament that's actually made from beer. he new filament is named Buzzed which is actually a beer-based 3D printing filament made using waste byproducts from the beer making process.
Formation of Buzzed uses those beer left-overs to create a special 3D printing material with visibly unique print finishes. The filament is used to produce products with a rich golden color and a noticeable natural grain. Any machine which is capable of printing with PLA using standard PLA settings is also capable of printing with Buzzed filament. Buzzed printing filament is well capable of printing at 180-210 C.

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Bio-based Plastic Products from Biodegradable Material...?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Dec 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Discarded food and wastewater could become raw materials for drinks bottles and food wrappers thanks to technology that can turn them into bio-based plastics. The European Union produces a staggering 100 million tons of food waste and 47 million tons of food packaging waste per year, but the technology can help ease both problems at once. A team of researchers has worked out a way to ferment waste water from fruit juice processing plants to make a type of plastic that can be used for bottles. The plastic, known as PHB, is biodegradable and is made naturally by some types of bacteria. Researchers at the EU-funded PHBOTTLE project have found the best way to feed the bacteria with the sugar-rich fruit juice waste. ‘The main objective of the PHBOTTLE project is to develop a new bottle made from biodegradable material,’ said Lurdes Soares, technical and scientific affairs manager for the European Fruit Juice Association, a partner on the project. The issue now is for researchers to work out how to do it cheaply enough that it can compete with current plastics that are made using oil.

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PU Resin to Form Lightweight Composite Pallets...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Dec 15, 2015 7:30:00 AM

A new approach to pallet design, fabrication and management is transforming how companies move their products around the world. The approach begins with polyurethane resin that is pultruded to form lightweight composite pallets that resolve many of the issues the material handling industry faces related to traditional wood or polymer block pallets. The polyurethane resin is supplied by Covestro LLC, formerly Bayer MaterialScience LLC. RM2 pultrudes Covestro’s Baydur® PUL 2500 polyurethane system to form its BLOCKPal™ composite pallet. Specially designed for use in pultrusion, this Baydur® formulation’s properties – including strength, toughness and impact resistance – offer improvements over what can be achieved with traditional pallet materials. “These properties are critical to RM2’s value proposition,” according to Chris Gibbs, head of information management, RM2. “Use of Covestro’s polyurethane composite results in pallets that can be used over and over again in automated, closed-loop, multi-trip supply chains with high numbers of movements.”

Gibbs explains that this enables RM2 to lease the pallets through long-term contracts with customers – a unique approach to material handling. This is further complemented by the company’s ERICA tracking system, which provides real-time intelligence to monitor and manage the movement of pallets. RM2’s ability to identify pallet locations helps minimizes pallet loss, which is central to RM2’s business model.

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Innovative Thinking at it's Best...

Posted by Scott Baxter on Dec 11, 2015 8:00:00 AM

BORAS, Sweden -- The World Solar Challenge ended with victory for Nuon Solar team and their car reinforced by TeXtreme®. In addition to this, teams supported by TeXtreme® obtained several podium places. The teams are using TeXtreme® Spread Tow carbon reinforcements to reduce weight, improve stiffness and impact tolerance. They participated in different classes in the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge held 18th to 25th of October in the Australian outback. Nuon Solar Team early took the lead in the prestigious Challenger Class and then never looked back holding the number one position all the way to the finish. The total weight of their car, Nuna8, was 150kg and by that the lightest car in the whole competition. The total amount of the composite parts of the car who’s using TeXtreme® and has been developed in cooperation with DSM weighs in total 41kg, which is a reduction with 10kg from its predecessor. In the Cruiser Class there where two solar cars on the podium reinforced by TeXtreme®. Looking at the whole result list there were a large number of teams participating using this unique carbon fiber fabrics and benefitting from the knowledge of the TeXtreme® team in choosing the right reinforcements.

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New Food Storage Jar using Injection Stretch Blow Molding...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Dec 10, 2015 9:07:00 AM

Total and RPC Promens Consumer Corby have launched a new multilayer PP/EVOH/PP jar using ISBM (Injection Stretch Blow Molding) technology that offers even greater transparency and gloss for high barrier food applications. The combination of the Total solution and RPC Promens Corby’s expertise in technical plastic packaging solutions has resulted in the creation of Polypropylene jars with ultimate clarity and gloss. This technology opens up opportunities in the retail sector, in particular markets such as cook-in sauces, instant coffee, ready meals, fruits and baby foods, producing packs that deliver high clarity for a premium on-shelf image along with the practical, convenience and safety benefits of plastic. Equally important, the substantially lighter weight of the plastic jars will help retailers and brand owners meet sustainability targets in terms of packaging and carbon emission reductions.

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Smart Wireless Pill Bottle...?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Dec 8, 2015 8:58:54 AM

KINGSPORT, Tenn., USA -- Recently AdhereTech has launched a second generation version of its smart wireless pill bottle, made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. This innovative medical device helps patients with high-risk diseases properly adhere to their medications. AdhereTech’s bottle automatically tracks and sends patients’ adherence patterns in real time. The system then analyzes the data and issues customizable alerts, such as on-bottle lights and chimes, automated phone calls and text messages. The new bottle used Eastman Chemical Company’s Tritan material to provide the stability and durability the bottle needs to store high-strength medication. We needed the most stable plastic on the market and knew Eastman Tritan™ copolyester was being used alongside oncology and cancer medications, which requires an incredibly safe and reliable plastic,” said Josh Stein, chief executive officer and cofounder of AdhereTech. “Certain medications are kept in AdhereTech bottles for multiple years, so it is important we use a plastic that is stable and durable enough to last that extended period of time. We chose Tritan to ensure this safety.” Along with using Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, additional improvements for the latest version of the AdhereTech bottle were made to mimic the look and feel of a traditional pill bottle that is commonly used for medications. The design flexibility of Tritan enables the bottle to achieve this intended shape and, in addition, to have a clean, white appearance.

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New Soluble Support Material Enables Efficient High Vol. 3D Printing...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Dec 3, 2015 10:48:27 AM

Stratasys Ltd., the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, introduced a new soluble support material called SUP706 for PolyJet triple-jetting 3D printers. The new support material significantly reduces the time and manpower required to clean 3D printed models, enabling companies to efficiently scale-up to high volume production. SUP706 automates post-processing of 3D printed parts with a simple two-step, soak-and-rinse process, giving users the ability to maximize productivity while achieving a low cost-per-part. High-production environments including service bureaus and internal prototyping shops will experience a faster and easier support material removal process.  "The development of SUP706 provides a great combination of advantages for 3D printing users," said David Tulipman, director of product management for PolyJet consumables at Stratasys. "Owners of PolyJet-based 3D printers can now print small, intricate features with greater reassurance, and clean several parts at once, enabling high volume 3D printing that's both cost-effective and hassle-free."

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Customized TPE for Wheelchair’s Handrim Grips...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Dec 2, 2015 8:30:00 AM

ROMULUS, MI -- Intelliwheels, the maker of handrim grips for wheelchairs, wanted a TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) specially formulated with the right amount of abrasion resistance; allowing greater control and responsiveness for wheelchair users. APS Elastomers developed a TPE with the precise feel and grip needed for wheelchair users to obtain more power going up hills, over carpet and demanding terrain. “APS Elastomer provided a proprietary formulation with the right amount of abrasion resistance and tackiness; allowing better grip, control and responsiveness when stopping, starting and turning”, says Scott Daigle of Intelliwheels.

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