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BASF and Sport Group have started a cooperation for the distribution and installation of a new, sustainable flooring system with Infinergy. BASF offers Infinergy, the first expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU) for flooring systems. The high-performance material is said to have a very good environmental profile and is Oeko-Tex certified. Function, stability and environmental compatibility have been extensively tested and make Infinergy a forward-looking alternative to previously used materials, said BASF. In addition, the product ensures a production cycle without residual waste, because it can be fully recovered and reused without harmful residues. In the outdoor sector, the material can be used as an elastic layer for unsealed, sustainable and environmentally friendly sports facilities, running tracks and playgrounds.

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With Thermolast K FC/AD/PP, Kraiburg TPE offers a new series for food contact applications. (Source: Kraiburg TPE)

Kraiburg TPE offers a new series for food contact applications, Thermolast K FC/AD/PP. The series features properties such as PP adhesion, optimized flow, and hardness range from 30 to 90 Shore A. The materials are easily processable by injection molding, extrusion and 3D printing. Furthermore, the compounds in the FC/AD/PP series are free from animal ingredients, heavy metals, phthalates, bisphenol A, and latex, accommodating to the production of sustainable goods. The compounds are available in natural and translucent colors with the option of in-house pre-coloring, allowing the flexibility of a variety of product solutions.

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The Arburg Prize 2021 for the best master’s thesis was presented to Dario Pasquale Arcuti (left) by Arburg Training Director Michael Vieth. (Source: TUM, Lehrstuhl AIS)

This year again saw two graduates of the Technical University of Munich, Germany (TUM) awarded the Arburg Prize for outstanding theses in the field of plastics and medical technology: Dr André Hemmler for the best dissertation and Dario Pasquale Arcuti for the best master’s thesis. In both cases, the topic was the use of medical prostheses.

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Covestro and industrial 3D printer manufacturer voxeljet are collaborating to develop a material-machine combination for economic large series additive manufacturing. With High Speed Sintering (HSS), voxeljet combines the advantages of two existing additive technologies: selective laser sintering and binder jetting, giving the benefit of both SLS part properties and binder-jetting productivity. The companies have jointly developed and qualified a TPU powder for HSS. voxeljet will contribute to the cooperation its knowledge with its large format VX1000HSS printer platform, and Covestro its expertise in designing functional materials, to develop a seamlessly working material-process solution that can be deployed for large scale manufacturing.

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With Infinam FL 6300 L, Evonik and the Viennese 3D printing company Cubicure are commercializing an innovation project jointly launched in 2019. (Source. Evonik)

Evonik is continuing its material campaign in 3D printing. With Infinam RG 3101 L and Infinam FL 6300 L, the specialty chemicals company has developed two new photopolymers for industrial 3D printing. They expand the product line of synthetic resins launched in 2021 that are suitable for use in common photopolymer 3D printing processes such as SLA or DLP.

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(Source: Rise)

Combining additive manufacturing with new sustainable materials, allows for a more flexible and resource-efficient production. But for companies to be able to fully utilize the strength of the technology, support is needed in every step along the supply chain ranging from development of new business models to product design and testing in a real production environment. Therefore, Rise is opening up the Application Center for Additive Manufacturing together with industrial and academic partners.

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The BIC Soleil Click 5 women’s razor handle utilizes reSound R TPE with 62 %  recycled content. (Source: Avient)

BIC, a globally operating company specialising in stationery, lighters and shavers, has chosen to team up with Avient. When BIC engineers recently were challenged to incorporate more recycled materials in a new women’s razor, they found answers in Avient’s reSound R recycled-content TPE. The TPE has a soft, grippy feel and is highly colourable and is formulated to achieve 62 % recycled content.

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Covestro’s product range in Europe is to be expanded to include mass-balanced thermoplastic polyurethanes from as early as the beginning of 2022, and in Asia at a later date. This was announced recently by the company.

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Kraiburg TPE announced that it has entered into a partnership with the digital platform Brain of Materials. The compounder pointed out in a statement this will enable the company to make its innovative materials with all their technical data directly available to developers and manufacturers from various industries for integration into product development processes. By using Brain of Materials, the company now provides its customers and interested parties with further digital access to technical data and material details for seamless integration into development processes.

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Actega DS supplies PVC-free solutions for drip chambers. (Source: Actega DS)

Manufacturers of medical devices deal intensively with the materials to be used before the development phase. In the field of plastics, PVC has proven itself for many medical applications. As for infusion systems each system comprises a pin, a drip chamber, a transparent infusion line, a flow controller and a connector. This material is increasingly subject to criticism, e.g. because of problems with plasticizers. With serious possible consequences: PVC plasticizers can be released. Certain active ingredients can also form deposits on the surface of the PVC material which impairs the effect of the respective drug. Medical products that are produced in very large numbers must, on the one hand, be economical to manufacture despite the highest demands on product safety and hygiene. On the other hand, the requirements are constantly increasing to ensure the health of staff and patients.

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Tomy working with his third hand (Source: Sintratec)

Especially in times of a pandemic, when you don’t always have another person around to assist you, a mechanical helping hand can be particularly useful. That is why Sintratec 3D operator and scientific draughtsman Tomy designed an extraordinary wearable third hand.

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