Monthly Archive October 2018


Presented at the London Design Festival it seems that a completely biodegradable and edible plastic that will replace all other packaging has finally been developed.

It is Nuatan, completely natural bioplastic, consists of corn starch, sugar and cooking oil and, according to its creators (Crafting Plastics Studio) it will be able to replace all packaging as shown by the results of six years of research on materials with the collaboration of scientists from the Polytechnic University of Bratislava. This bioplastic promises not only to last up to 15 years and to be able to resist temperatures of up to 100 degrees Celsius, but also to be perfectly edible.

From what emerged later Nuatan could be worked with traditional plastic moulding techniques or using 3D printers. Moreover, the biodegradability and edibility would eliminate an annoying problem, i.e. disposal of packaging which will be possible to simply throw away into composters.

The only obstacle to overcome and to really replace plastic: the production costs are still very high.


From 14 to 18 October Bilbao was the centre of metallurgy and moulding. Euro PM is, in fact, the most important annual event for the international community of powder metallurgy and it provides a focal reference point for the personnel, researchers and suppliers of the sector to meet, create networks and develop proper business.

The EURO PM2018, organized by the European Powder Metallurgy Association, attracts the leaders in the field, decision makers, respected academics and sector companies as well as personnel of the supply chain. Held at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC), a purpose-built modern building, Euro PM2018 is characterised by a world-level technical programme where over 300 presentations, seminars and panels will define the latest developments of the Powder Metallurgy (PM) in three days.

These are the sectors in which the event was organised:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Hard materials
  • Hot Isostatic Pressing
  • New materials, processes and applications
  • Injection moulding
  • Press and Sinter

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