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Researchers Whip up Soy-Based 3D-Printing Resin

Written by David

January 28, 2019

As we explored in a previous article, the overwhelming majority of 3D-printing plastics are made from fossil fuels. This means their production is associated with climate change and our species’ collapsing habitat. Additionally, new plastics may be in short supply at some point in the future. Fortunately, researchers worldwide are working to expand the portfolio of renewable plastic materials available to the 3D-printing industry. Microscale objects 3D printed by the researchers using soy bean oil-based resin and a mixture of soybean oil-based resin and lignin-based material. Resolution achieved was as fine as 1 micron. AESO/VDM1 “contains the maximum amount of VDM possible to dissolve in AESO without any solvent at 40 °C.” (Image courtesy of polymers.) Most recently, a team of scientists from Kaunas University of Technology and Vilnius University in Lithuania demonstrated a process for creating photopolymer resins made from soybean oil- and lignin-based materials. In a paper […]

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