New materials are constantly being created in order to keep up with our ever changing environment, economy and high-tech industries.
Texas News reported that “President Obama pledged $140 million in federal funding, combined with another $140 million in private funds, to two new high-tech manufacturing hubs in Detroit and Chicago. They’ll bring together private companies, nonprofits and universities to pioneer research for new technology." This will support the research and innovation of many new materials.
Here are ten of the most beneficial new and coming products in the manufacturing industry.
Building materials are now being grown rather than fried. This innovation reduces the chemical pollution exertion from frying bricks. 40% of global carbon dioxide emissions are linked to the construction industry. These bricks provide the opportunity to recycle materials because they are made of sand and bacteria found in waste streams.
Production and use of these new carbon fibers benefit the automotive, energy and industrial industries by reducing costs and enabling fast market growth.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s new Carbon Fiber Technology Facility.
EOS Titanium Ti64ELI and the EOS StainlessSteel 316L are light metals with sophisticated chemical composition and mechanical properties . This enables the metal to have extraordinary detail resolution and the ability to be used in medical implants, surgical instruments and even jewelry. The high ductility in these metals allow for flexibility in structure and shape.
EOS Titanium Ti64ELI and EOS StainlessSteel 316L
This foam is another new manufacturing material that is being grown rather than made. Evocative Design produces fungal foam for automotive parts, such as, doors, roofs and headliners and potentially clothing, surf boards and tabletops. Mushroom Materials are made of wheat and rice husks, mushrooms and plant stalks.
Evocative Mushroom Materials
Wasted heat from motor vehicles can be used to charge hybrid cars and reduce the strain on the generator in standard vehicles by attaching a thermoelectric generator to the tailpipe. This can increase fuel economy by up to 5%.
General Motors Thermoelectric Generator
Looking for tough and long lasting materials for construction or manufacturing tools, buildings, trucks, homes, resorts, airplanes and more? The use of NanoSHEILD, Nano Super Hard Inexpensive Laser Deposited Coating, allows for easy cleaning and durability to maintain the brand new look and extend the lifetime of the product by 20%.
Rare earth materials make up the strongest permanent magnet ever made. In 1982 General Motors and Sumitomo Special Metals developed neodymium magnets. These magnets permit compact design and high performance in toys, motors, sound equipment and scientific demonstrations.
An insect inspired plastic made of chitin, a material found in shrimp and insect shells, and a protein derived from silk. Shrilk can be flexible or rigid depending on the percentage of water content used. This product is a biodegradable plastic replacement that decomposes in one to two years and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Shrilk can be used in making medical supplies, trash bags, diapers and other various plastic items.
Two scientists working at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering continue to study and create Shrilk.
Many say that Graphene is the “future of construction” as a result of its incredible strength, flexibility and erosion resistance. However, its use in construction is far off due to the inability to quickly produce large quantities to match the certain demand of the product. Graphene can be used as a transistor, gas sensor, inert coating, cell phone screen and steel replacement.
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