Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture is a Society of Mechanical Engineers program showcasing emerging innovations that have already shown successful implementation. 2011 Nominations due September 30. [RK]
medium award for material of the year 2009
Grand prize winner:
above: concrete canvas. the fiber is impregnated with concrete and only hardens when you add water.
above: abtech industries’s smart sponge — absorbs oil but not water possibly solving the problem of
above: objet geometries’s revolutionary new 3-D printers — rapid prototyping allows you to build objects out of only one material. these printers allow prototypes to be made all at once out of multiple materials.
above: innegrity’s innegra S fiber — the lightest alternative to kevlar that’s currently on the market.
above: quin media arts & sciences — creates textured metal cladding for buildings which change colors via lighting and where the viewer is standing.
above: arkema’s pebax renew — the first plant-based alternative, comprised of 95% plant-based materials, they reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30%. for example, existing rubbery foams used in sports shoes are currently resource intensive and derived from oil.
above: cellucomp’s curran — has a strength that rivals carbon fiber is a “biofiber” made from
Award-Winner and 11 Finalists to be showcased in an Exhibition at
Material ConneXion, January 11-February 19, 2010