A new form of 3D printing, a where the object can transform under certain conditions, has been use to create “living” plastics or polymers. The research, conducted by scientists from UNSW and the University of Auckland, could enable the creation of a new class of materials. The materials respond to light or water and can … Continue reading Researchers print “living” polymers
The Australian Modern Building Alliance (AMBA), an activity of Chemistry Australia, will promote the benefits of polymers in the Australian construction industry. With polymers a safe and sustainable solution for the building industry, Chemistry Australia wants to raise their profile for window frames, piping, flooring, and insulation. The polymer products can create more sustainable and … Continue reading New body to promote polymer materials
The demand for medical polymers in China is set to drive global growth, according to a new report by Technavio. “Medical polymers are widely used for dental, knee, and hip implants. Regions such as China are set to showcase explosive growth, with a compound annual growth rate CAGR of almost 28 per cent through to … Continue reading China’s demand for medical polymers to drive global growth, says Technavio
Treotham announces a new polymer material developed by plastic bearings expert igus that can be recognised by metal detectors.
In composites, its strength to weight ratio is unmatched, and, if it can be made a little more cheaply, we might one day see it everywhere. Brent Balinski looks at some of the ways Australia is making use of carbon fibre.
Leading the way in The Age of Plastics, Bakelite’s creation in 1907 was also the creation of the very first truly artificial manufacturing material. Brent Balinski spoke to two chemistry academics, an engineer, a manufacturer still specialising in the material, and a vintage collectibles dealer about what was once called The Material of 1,000 Uses.