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STAR WARS MEETS MODERN PLASTIC RESEARCH

The desolate emptiness and darkness of space is interrupted only by the twinkling light of distant stars and galaxies as you scan the instrument panel before you. Suddenly, without warning, a laser cannon blast rips through the hull of your X-wing fighter! Not to worry. The fuselage employs a regenerative plastic composite that heals itself within seconds of impact. The dangers that occur in the life of the Jedi Knight are never-ending, including the hand you lost in a light sword battle with the Dark Lord.…

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3D Printing vs. CNC Machining of Plastic Parts

The process of 3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has now been developed for several materials including plastic and metal. This article will focus on 3D printing compared to CNC machining of plastic parts.
 
The 3D Printing process is an additive process during which layers of molten plastic are added until the part is completely formed.  These layers can often be noticed, and this can be an aesthetic issue. In evaluating whether or not this is the right approach,…

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ABS: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

ABS: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is a plastic that is a terpolymer, a polymer consisting of three different monomers. ABS is made by polymerizing styrene and acrylonitrile in the presence of polybutadiene.  Acrylonitrile is a synthetic monomer made up of propylene and ammonia while butadiene is a petroleum hydrocarbon, and the styrene monomer is made by the dehydrogeneration of ethyl benzene. Dehydrogenation is a chemical reaction that involves the removal of hydrogen from an organic molecule and is the reverse of hydrogenation.…

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