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12/19/2013 | 1 MINUTE READ

Top 5 material technology developments of 2013

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Throughout 2013, we saw myriad launches of a diverse range of new materials, with a cluster of introductions coming at K 2013. For this reason, selecting the “top five materials” was nearly an impossible task, so we decided to expand the list a bit by categorizing the new material developments by applications that are seeing increasing activity.

Throughout 2013, we saw myriad launches of a diverse range of new materials, with a cluster of introductions coming at K 2013. For this reason, selecting the “top five materials” was nearly an impossiblew task, so we decided to expand the list a bit by categorizing the new material developments by applications that are seeing increasing activity.

Included are biobased materials targeted to packaging and beyond; specialty resins for medical and healthcare uses; materials for the swiftly-growing LED lighting market; new materials for additive manufacturing; and, enhanced polyolefins for a broad range of applications.

Biobased materials:

Medical-Grade materials:

  • Aromatic TPU for Long-Term Medical Implantation
  • Fully Fluorinated LSR is a first for Medical Implants
  • New Easy-Flow Medical-Grade PC
  • Transparent Nylon for Home Healthcare Applications

3. LED Lighting materials:

  • High-Temperature, Reflective Resins for LED Packages

Novel Polyolefins

Additive Manufacturing/Prototyping materials:

  • First Nylon 6 Powder for SLS Rapid Manufacturing
  • Nature Works Introduces PLA Filament to the 3D Printing Market (coming soon)

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