Finding material strength from bio produced polymers is always difficult. A team in Korea has discovered that they can produce Polycarbonate (PC) from biomass that eliminates the need for synthetic based processing. The material is thus free of potential harmful chemicals. PC is one of the toughest materials produced and professional makers love to utilize the material. When this becomes readily available, it could provide a very nice alternative to conventional PC.
Talk about a revolution for sustainable materials!
If potential uses are optical fiber as the team in Korea asserts, then a logical conclusion is that the material could find uses within FDM processes because it can be drawn into a filament. Read the more in depth article here and stay tuned for more information!