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Robots go for plastics
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Robots go for plastics

Robots - the stuff of science fiction writers’ imaginings. And what we fervently hope will one day soon free us from the worst drudgery. Robotics has taken a big step forward recently for two reasons:...
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  • Plastronics, an electronic love letter to plastics
    Cutting Edge 3 min

    Plastronics, an electronic love letter to plastics

    At the intersection of two worlds, those of electronics and plastics, plastronics imbues moulded plastic objects with a portion of its intelligence. Plastronics creates, smaller, more beautiful and mo...

  • Piezoelectricity gives a new impetus to plastics
    Cutting Edge 3 min

    Piezoelectricity gives a new impetus to plastics

    For vibrations, sound, pressure or temperature measurements and more. Thanks to electroactive polymers, connected products will now be endowed with new sensory functions. And they will be autonomous w...

  • A new dimension for plastics
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    A new dimension for plastics

    Originally intended for prototyping, 3D printing is now inspiring new manufacturing alternatives to mass production ... A trend where the object is the message and plastics are ousting paper from prin...

  • Polymers fortifying robotics
    Cutting Edge 7 min

    Polymers fortifying robotics

    Unfortunately, robots able to cater to our every whim remain in the realm of science fiction. However, the topic of robotics continues to garner the attention of university research units and private ...

  • The beauty of plastic robots
    Cutting Edge 5 min

    The beauty of plastic robots

    Robots are very much in vogue right now. Of course, their success, and often confusing functionalities, are mainly due to the unceasing advances made in the digital industry. That being said, their de...

  • Polymers: a giant step towards miniaturisation
    Cutting Edge 4 min

    Polymers: a giant step towards miniaturisation

    In light of the trend towards nanotechnologies, any talk of miniaturisation can seem slightly obsolete. But, in spite of this, miniaturisation remains relevant, particularly in the medical industry...

  • When polymers conduct electricity
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    When polymers conduct electricity

    The now-famous diode, used in many screens, is one of the numerous applications connected to the development of conductive polymers. But how can a simple piece of plastic conduct electricity when this...

  • Solar impulse : Flying to the future
    Cutting Edge 5 min

    Solar impulse : Flying to the future

    Since the first oil shock of 1973, inhabitants of the blue planet have become aware of their addiction to fossil fuels and they have been consistently seeking the means to kick the habit. To date, the...

  • From 3D printing to 4D printing: polymers start a revolution
    Cutting Edge 5 min

    From 3D printing to 4D printing: polymers start a revolution

    It is now clear that 3D printers are at the forefront of a new industrial revolution. Inevitably, changes are coming at a fast pace and polymers are having to adapt to keep up....

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