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QEE-TECH – mass produced composite materials components

By Damir Beciri
14 June 2012

epfl-eelcee-qee-tech-1One of goals in transport is to create vehicles with less weight in order to lower their energy consumption. An EPFL spin-off company named EELCEE has developed a process that allows fast fabrication of lightweight composite components in large quantities. Polymer composites offer a good lightweight alternative to metals while offering the strength of steel…. »


Objet260 Connex compact multi-material 3D printer

By Damir Beciri
One Comment12 November 2011

objet260-connex-closedObjet260 Connex is a compact and attractively priced addition to Objet’s family of multi-material 3D printers. Unlike other 3D printers we previously wrote about, the Objet260 Connex is based on the company’s patented inkjet 3D printing technology that enables mixing of 2 different materials to produce a new material with distinct properties, textures and colors…. »

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Sea shells inspired a new material made of chalk and polystyrene

By Damir Beciri
One Comment11 March 2010

seashellsA team of materials scientists and chemists from The University of Manchester and The University of Leeds have taken inspiration from sea shells found on the beach to create a composite material from dissimilar ‘ingredients’. They have successfully reinforced calcium carbonate, or chalk, with polystyrene particles that are used to make drinks cups. They report… »