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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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  • Piezoelectricity gives a new impetus to plastics
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    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...

  • 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:...

  • 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 - High fibre innovation
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    Polymers - High fibre innovation

    A little over half of the world’s textile output is used by the garment industry where Natural fibres though very much used are being steadily being ousted by artificial or synthetic fibres, which are...

  • Extreme plastics
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    Extreme plastics

    Admission to the elite group of high performance polymers...and to win over high-tech sectors like aerospace, transportation and fiercely competitive but conventional plastics have not ha...

  • 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...

  • Intelligent textiles
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    Intelligent textiles

    As an old industry gets a new lease on life, flirting with nanotechnology, biochemistry and state-of-the-art electronics, it gains new power to transform the way we work, live, travel and care for our...

  • Solar impulse : Flying to the future
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    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...

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