Research & Development
Montreal researchers develop 3D-printed plastic canvas with shock absorbing properties
The nature-inspired innovation could lead to the manufacture of a new type of bullet-proof glass, or lead to the production of more durable plastic protective smartphones screens.
Ontario molder Axiom Group and collaborators receive Next Generation Manufacturing Canada investment funding
Aurora, Ont.-based Axiom, along with partners MS Falcon Tooling, Kytech Machine Works, and Bulldog Polymers, is developing a technology to eliminate visual transitions between different plastic materials, typically hard and soft plastic.
Researchers discover unique new polymer fibres
Strong and tough yet as light as a feather, the fibres are said to be ideally suited for technical components that are exposed to high loads.
Avient opens Italy innovation centre to advance plastics recycling technology
The new lab and plant in Pogliano will conduct chemistry testing and evaluations to help customers tackle and overcome the challenge of plastics recycling and the goal of a circular economy.
Biodegradable shoe soles are on their way
A Swiss researcher is developing a process that could one day be used to make plastic shoe soles, yoga mats, and other foamed products from organic waste.
Scientist develops lightweight thermoset composite using novel 3D printing technique
Designed for aviation parts, the thermoset composite Emrah Celik produced is 80 per cent lighter than steel and 50 per cent lighter than aluminum.
Liquid nanofoam could be a game changer for football helmets
A liquid nanofoam liner developed by a Michigan State University researcher, and currently undergoing testing, could prolong the safe use of football helmets.
Japanese researchers create the most heat-resistant bioplastic in the world
Created by scientists from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and the University of Tokyo, it can withstand temperatures up to 740°C.
Researchers develop new technique for turning plastic waste into valuable chemicals
Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have created a low-temperature catalytic method that upcycles polyethylene into high-value alkylaromatic molecules that are the basis of many industrial chemicals and consumer products.
Researchers developing fully 3D-printed polymer spacesuits for Mars and beyond
A team from the University of North Dakota is using a $750,000 grant from NASA to develop the new flexible plastic spacesuits.
New multicolour 3D-printing technique can be used for optical devices
Developed by researchers in Japan, the printing method can be used for developing optical, soft-robot, or medical components.
New project to build lightweight car from recycled PET composite material
The project involved using more than 20 square meters of recycled PET honeycomb cores.
Scientists create new type of biodegradable plastic using reclaimed waste
The new substance, polyhydroxybutyrate, readily degrades in less than a year.
Quebec-based automation supplier Omnirobotic gets $6.5 million financing for AI development
The funding enables the Laval company continue building autonomous robotic capabilities for high-mix production environments.
Plastic-eating enzyme “cocktail” offers new hope for plastic waste
The same team of UK researchers who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme PETase have now created an enzyme “cocktail’ which can digest plastic up to six times faster.
Plastic-eating, silk-producing bacteria could be a new ally in the fight against waste
Researchers in New York are genetically engineering a microorganism that “eats” petroleum-based plastic waste and converts it to a biodegradable plastic alternative.
Lego-inspired 3D-printed bricks can heal bone and soft tissue
Developed by a research team at Oregon Health and Science University, the tiny, modular scaffolding can be used to regrow biomaterials to speed repair of injuries and broken limbs.
“Zebra project” launched to develop first 100% recyclable wind turbine blades
The turbines will be made from Arkema’s Elium thermoplastic resin.
New nanocomposite material prevents malfunctioning of electronics
Russian scientists from South Ural State University have created a composite material for nanoelectronics that can be used as an insulating substance in polymer capacitors.
Researchers find new way to produce polymers using low-energy visible light
The work by researchers from North Carolina State University poses a potential solution to current challenges in producing these materials.