Commercialized by Poly Group (West Lafayette, IN), the Nouvex additive received EPA approval this week. Clinically proven to be effective against bacteria and some viruses, Nouvex can be used in thermosets and thermoplastics, among other materials.
A global study carried out by Orb Media, an independent non-profit news site, and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health claims to have found that micro-plastic fibers are present in more than 80% of water samples collected on all five continents.
A new additive manufacturing technique for soft electronics, called hybrid 3D printing, integrates soft, electrically conductive inks and thermoplastic urethane with rigid electronic components into a single, stretchable device.
Insulet (Billerica, MA), a manufacturer of drug-delivery and insulin-management devices, has operated a production plant in China for five years. Now, it is building a $100-million facility in Massachusetts.