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Formlabs introduces Silicone 40A resin for 3D printing

Silicone 40A Resin combines the material properties of cast silicone with the flexibility of 3D printing to eliminate the labor-intensive molding and casting processes, while enabling design freedom. With this patent-pending Pure Silicone Technology™, users can print 100% silicone parts with complex geometries that are not possible with traditional methods — in-house, in a matter of hours. Silicone 40A Resin can be used for soft, pliable, and durable parts that can withstand repeated cycles of stretching, flexing, and compression, for functional prototyping and end-use part production. This material creates parts with excellent chemical and thermal resistance, perfect for automotive and industrial applications as well as consumer products such as wearables or medical devices.

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Trendco to open nitrile glove plant in Tuskegee, Alabama

Trendco USA has committed to creating 292 jobs over five years at a facility in the new Regional East Alabama Logistics (REAL) Park off Interstate 85 in Macon County.
Trendco is an early-stage company that has been producing medical-grade examination gloves in Louisiana through a partnership with another company. For the Tuskegee operation, it plans up to install as many as 10 glove production lines at the REAL Park location.

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WACKER expands HCl production in Burghausen, Germany

Hydrogen chloride (HCl) has many different applications in the chemical industry. Use of this reaction gas allows manufacturers to turn low-energy raw materials into reactive intermediates for down-stream production steps. WACKER, for instance, uses HCl for manufacturing silicones, pyrogenic silica and polysilicon for the solar and semiconductor industries.

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Researchers develop green chemistry to recycle silicone

Silicone and other siloxane-based polymers are in countless consumer products, but their popularity comes with a catch: Almost all of them are thrown into landfills after one use.

Pioneering research at Bowling Green State University, however, could help change that.

Dr. Joe Furgal, an associate professor in the BGSU Chemistry Department, is spearheading a research project studying the use of room-temperature depolymerization to recycle or upcycle silicone, thus keeping them out of landfills and saving massive amounts of energy required to create new polymers.

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