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NATURAL GAS SPARKS INVENTION

Chemicals produced from natural gas and oil refining are playing a key role in the development of new and innovative technologies.

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Smaller, lighter submersibles—manned and unmanned—are made possible by materials like acrylics, polycarbonates and closed-cell foams that provide structure and buoyancy to explore the deep. *

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Robotics Universe describes plastics as “the material of choice” for robot manufacturing. Plastic’s low cost and ready availability make it a key component in robotic design. *

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The 3D-printing industry is expected to grow to what size by 2020? *

3D printing is growing fast. ABS plastic, one of the most common materials used in 3D printing, is derived from the refining process.