Epoxy Resin Advancements are just part of Polymer Progress…

One of the things we enjoy about being in the polymer business is the seemingly unprecedented advances and innovations in our industry. Epoxy resin, as well as a host of other polymers, are used extensively in so many applications that affect our daily lives. From commercial and industrial uses in the construction, transportation and high technology fields; to DIY home and office repairs and maintenance - and use in artisan and craft projects – polymers play an important role in so many ways.

As we endeavor to consistently bring you News You Can Use, here are some interesting and innovative polymer and plastics innovations*…

  • European rail project is “onboard” with new fiber-reinforced polymer - AIMPLAS has developed a new hybrid resin formula to replace metal structures in a European MAT4Rail project. The new composite materials are lighter weight – increasing vehicle capacity, more aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound, and boast better fire resistance. MORE
  • New Living Resin Technology for 3D Printing - Researchers at the University of Auckland have demonstrated a self-repairing, living resin that has the ability to grow and self-repair – a boon for biomedical applications. Traditional 3D printed objects are cured using ultraviolet (UV) light; the new process enables curing using visible light – a safer technique for biomedical use requiring less energy. MORE
  • China introduces measures to reduce non-biodegradable and disposable plastics - The plan will roll out in three phases to 2025. Given the severity of China’s pollution problems, greater urgency is needed, said Chen Liwen, a founder of China Zero Waste Villages, which promotes recycling in rural areas. MORE
  • Stress-detecting “smart” polymer developed to track wear-and-tear in construction materials – “Scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University have created a stress detecting polymer that shines brighter when stretched. Researchers hope to use the new polymer to measure the performance of synthetic polymers and track the wear and tear on materials used in engineering and construction industries.” MORE
  • New 3D Printing Technology for Medical Applications – Firms Henkel and NewPro3D have collaborated to create new applications in “anatomical modeling, prosthetics and more.” The innovative 3D printing process enables the production of 3D models much more quickly than conventional methods – for the development of medical devices and tools for “surgical planning and educational programs.” MORE

The world of epoxies, resin, polymers and plastics is ever-evolving – both from the materials standpoint – as well as the applications for these wondrous substances. We too, seek to constantly improve our offerings – and will also be rolling out some new solutions this year! Stay tuned…

*synopsized from Omnexus