Purdue Students Develop Soybean 3D Printer Material

Purdue University students have developed a soybean-based material that can be used for 3D printing. Filasoy, as it’s called, is a low-energy, low-temperature, renewable and recyclable filament, and it’s made from soy, tapioca root, cornstarch, and sugar cane.

Carmen Valverde-Paniagua is one of the students that developed the material. She says right now most 3D printers use plastics—not organic material. “This is a much better alternative to ABS as well as some other plastics, which are petroleum derives, so they are toxic in chemical as well as they don’t derive from renewable resources.”

Paniagua says 3D printing is becoming more accessible as the price of printers decreases and is now used in everything from academia to the fashion industry. “But I think the new wave, what’s really going to push the industry forward, is renewable materials, different materials that people can tinker with, so that’s really the market that we’re trying to get into,” Batalis says. … (Read more)

Source: IndianaPublicMedia.org

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