Saving money by 3D printing at home examined

November 7, 2017

Michigan Tech researchers set out to determine if the average U.S. home could save money by using a desktop 3D printer versus buying products from online retailers. An article by Beau Jackson at 3D Printing Industry outlines the findings. The researchers used NinjaFlex filament in an upgraded FlexyStruder extruder. The material was loaded into a …

Project Loon balloons bring connectivity to Puerto Rico

November 3, 2017

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Google’s Project Loon has restored some communication in Puerto Rico. The effort includes the launch of a team of balloons from Nevada, to create a communication network. Project Loon personnel have worked with the FCC, the FAA, FEMA, spectrum partners, international aviation authorities and AT&T. The project is reported to have delivered emergency …

Teijin develops cooling vest for firefighter safety

November 2, 2017

Teijin Ltd. has announced its development of a cooling vest that includes the use of small electric fans to help protect firefighters from heat stroke. The company reports the cooling vest reduces body temperature and heart rate through sweat absorption, quick drying and moisture permeability. The electric fans pull in outside air for up to …

Polyester staple fiber market will see steady growth

November 1, 2017

According to a report by Grand View Research Inc., the global polyester staple fiber (PSF) market is expected to reach $39.3 billion by 2025, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.3 percent. The report says that a growing awareness regarding the environment as well as the cheaper price of PSF (compared to cotton) have increased the …