Tag: resin

The World’s Smallest 3D Printer
June 10, 2011

High-quality 3D printing at home has just come one step closer. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria have presented the smallest 3D printer to date. At the size of a carton of milk and weighs 1.5 kilograms, it currently costs around €1,200 but the makers expect the price to drop quickly. The printer uses stereolithography: it hardens layers of synthetic resin by an intense beam of light of only .05mm wide. So not only...

Plastic Bottles: How it's done
November 13, 2010

Plastic bottles are made with a variety of resins, the most popular of which is high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are also popular resins used to make different types of plastic bottles. PET is most often used to make plastic bottles for water and soft drinks, and the above video will demonstrate the manufacturing process. The plastic that eventually becomes a bottle starts out as...