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Robots go for plastics
Cutting Edge 4 min

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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  • 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 ...

  • 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....

  • Biomimicry, polymers to sublimate nature
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    Biomimicry, polymers to sublimate nature

    Hundreds of laboratories around the world are attempting to copy nature in order to reproduce the materials refined over the course of millions of years of evolution. Synthetic polymers are frequently...

  • Bio-inspired, a new life for polymers
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    Bio-inspired, a new life for polymers

    Although it is nothing new, the science of biomimicry, which seeks to take inspiration from nature’s strengths, has recently had a second wind, thanks to polymers, which are once again displaying an i...

  • Transport of the future, polymers activate the booster
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    Transport of the future, polymers activate the booster

    Faced with issues relating to pollution and other energy resources, the evolution of the means of transport is at the heart of discussions. Evolution or revolution? New projects are progressing at hig...

  • Plastronics, an electronic love letter to plastics
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    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...

  • The beauty of plastic robots
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    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...

  • The Smart House puts plastics to the test
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    The Smart House puts plastics to the test

    This unique house-laboratory in Europe, built in 2015, foreshadows the role that plastics will play in the housing of tomorrow - self-sufficient in terms of energy and focused on its occupants' comfor...

  • Polymers that leave a lasting impression
    Cutting Edge 4 min

    Polymers that leave a lasting impression

    Are 3D printers the start of a new industrial revolution, as some would have us believe? They could very well be. Although they are not quite within the reach of individuals, businesses are already ex...

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