The Peregrine Fund Hopes to Save Birds From Extinction

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The Peregrine Fund hopes to save California Condors, one of world’s largest birds, from extinction by asking hunters in Utah and Arizona to use lead free ammunition.

Hunting and habitat destruction almost caused the California Condor to become extinct. Lead poisoning, however, causes the most deaths. Hunters, using lead bullets, while target shooting, shooting rabbits and other small animals. The birds then feed on the carcasses and suffer from lead poisoning.

In 1996, six California Condors were released in the region. There are now eighty-two. Roughly 450 birds live in captivity or in California and Mexico.

The Peregrine Fund has recruited social scientists and wants to educate coyote and bobcat hunters, as well as those who put down feral or domestic animals and leave the bodies for the condors and other scavenging birds.

The states of Arizona and Utah have sent letters to deer hunters, provided lead free ammunition at no cost, hosted shooting clinics, and offered raffles for those willing to drop off animal carcasses. The programs, however, are voluntary.

Ecomass Technologies

Since 1998, Ecomass Technologies has delivered innovative solutions through advanced composite materials and engineered thermoplastic composite materials. It has worked with both government and commercial customers to overcome physical property and material challenges to meet application needs. Its knowledge, skill, and expertise in the formulation and development of high density thermoplastic compounds allows it to solve material challenges so its customers, original equipment manufacturers, and material processors have the design freedom to focus on form and function. It strives to provide its customers with the highest performing, best priced materials and empower them to develop and produce the finest parts possible and allow them to compete in their respective markets.

Ecomass’ high gravity compounds are engineered to replace traditional materials and have been used as a substitute for lead, aluminum, steel, stainless steel, brass, bronze, copper, and tungsten in a variety of applications. They have been used to shield x-rays and gamma rays; dampen vibrations; balance weights and reduce the loads to which a part is exposed; and, provide density to traditional metallic materials with the production and economic advantages of injection or compression molding.

Ecomass Compounds

All Ecomass Compounds meet the RoHS Directive; do not contain lead or lead compounds; and, contain no materials the U.S. Department of Defense Listing of Toxic Chemicals, Hazardous Substances and Ozone Depleting Substances or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Hazardous Substances Priority List considers toxic or hazardous.

Frangible Ammunition

Frangible ammunition represents the first practical revolutionary change to firearms science in over 100 years. Frangible ammunition powderizes upon impact in order to prevent ricochet hazard and to improve safety during close-quarters combat. Ecomass produces Frangible Ammunition with composite materials of tungsten, copper, or tin utilizing an injection molding or powder metallurgical production process.

Ecomass produces its frangible ammunition using a highly controlled injection molding process that meets the strictest of tolerances. Its projectiles pass both the military’s and many of the world’s leading ammunition manufacturers’ strict ballistic performance testing.

Ecomass Compounds have been used frangible ammunition for the following programs:

• Military training ammunition projectiles (5.56mm)

• Military training ammunition projectiles (9mm and 40 cal)

• 40mm door breaching grenade projectiles for law enforcement personnel

Lead Free Ammunition

Nontoxic, lead free ammunition remains one of the first and most significant Ecomass High Gravity Compound applications. It’s ideal for indoor ranges and close-quarters combat training. It increases safety and eliminates lead contamination risk at firing ranges and hunting grounds.

If you have a special requirement, contact Ecomass Technologies via its RFQ Form at:

http://www.ecomass.com/contact-us/

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NASA Testing Rocket With a 3-D Printed Vibration-Dampening Device

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NASA recently finished hot-fire testing of an RS-25 rocket engine that contained its largest 3-D printed vibration-dampening device, called a Pogo Accumulator Assembly. The Pogo Accumulator Assembly works as a shock absorber to dampen propellant oscillations that flow between its engine and vehicle. Without dampening, the oscillations would be hazardous.

Throughout the 400-second test, NASA and co-tester, Aerojet Rocketdyne, assessed the pogo accumulator assembly. The assembly consisted of two components (pogo accumulator and pogo-z baffle) that selective laser melting created. Selective laser melting is also 3-D printing technique.

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne are testing the 3-D-printed components on a development engine that analyses systems for a NASA Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket. The still-in-development SLS will send astronauts and cargo to explore the moon and other deep-space endpoints. 2019 is the tentative start date.

Ecomass Technologies

Ecomass is the innovative and technological frontrunner in high density engineered thermoplastics. Ecomass Compounds are completely nontoxic and can be used to replace lead and other traditional materials.

Ecomass Compounds are a line of patented, nontoxic, high-density thermoplastic composite materials that can be processed on conventional injection molding, compression molding, and extrusion equipment. Ecomass Compounds can be formulated using a variety of polymers and fillers to meet a wide range of customer requirements including:

• Density (up to 11.0 g/cc)

• Heat Deflection Temperature

• Tensile Strength

• Impact Strength

• Flexural Modulus

Ecomass Compounds also have applications in a variety of other products where lead and other heavy metals are currently used. Some of these include Lead Free Ammunition, Gamma Ray Shielding, Weighting and Balancing Applications, and Vibration dampening.

Vibration Dampening

Waves of energy cause vibrations. Vibrations, thus, have both frequency and an amplitude, plus natural or resonance frequency. In order to reduce or eliminate vibrations, you need to isolate or dampen vibration.

Lowering resonant frequency reduces energy at the source and isolates vibration. If lowering resonant frequency isn’t possible, engineers and original equipment manufacturers next try to Dampen Vibrations by introducing Vibration Damping Materials. vibration damping materials absorb the vibrations and reduce the energy an oscillatory system produces. This then reduces, restricts, and/or prevents oscillation.

Choosing Vibration Damping Materials

Viable vibration dampening solutions must display two qualities: 1) it must be dense; and, 2) it must be relatively soft or “dead.” Ecomass’ extensive training, skill, and experience with high-density materials and its ability to know and understand exactly what its customers’ are working with and what they need, allow it to deliver precise solutions for practically any vibration dampening application at the optimal price-point.

Ecomass Compounds

Ecomass Compounds meet the RoHS Directive; do not contain lead or lead compounds; and, contain no materials the U.S. Department of Defense Listing of Toxic Chemicals, Hazardous Substances and Ozone Depleting Substances or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Hazardous Substances Priority List considers toxic or hazardous.

If you have a special requirement, contact Ecomass Technologies via its RFQ Form at:

http://www.ecomass.com/contact-us/

Or see its website at: http://www.ecomass.com

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High-Density Polymers Make Sleeping More Comfortable

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Everyone wants sleep. Hardly anyone claims they get enough sleep. Of course, everyone wants a nice, comfortable bed. High-density memory foam mattresses, the kind that are thick and conform to the sleeper, are known to be extremely comfortable and have become very popular.

Density, as the mattresses’ title implies, is an important component. Most manufacturers utilize a high density polymer or high density polyurethane foam. High density foam feels very soft, yet provides solid support. The higher the density, the greater the support. When the mattress conforms to the individual, it is reacting to their body heat, not their weight.

Ecomass Technologies

Ecomass is the innovative and technological frontrunner in high density engineered thermoplastics. Ecomass Compounds are totally nontoxic and can be used to replace lead and other traditional materials.

Ecomass Compounds also have applications in a variety of other products where lead and other heavy metals are currently used. Some of these include Lead Free Ammunition, gamma ray shielding, Weighting and Balancing Applications, and Vibration Damping.

Ecomass Compounds are a line of patented, nontoxic, high-density thermoplastic composite materials that can be processed on conventional injection molding, compression molding, and extrusion equipment. Ecomass Compounds can be formulated using a variety of polymers and fillers to meet a wide range of customer requirements

Weighting and Balancing

Ecomass high gravity compounds provide exceptional performance. Its high density injection-moldable materials can be adapted to satisfy a wide variety of needs, including tensile, impact strength, and flex strength; flex modulus; and, heat deflection temperature.

The large amount of base resins and weighting agents at Ecomass’ disposal gives it the flexibility to engineer materials that match its customers’ precise product and application needs at optimal costs. Plus, its skill and experience with numerous base resins allows it to be completely objective when determining which thermoplastic composite material will offer its customers the best solution. It works diligently to provide precisely engineered materials for its customers and not just products off the shelf.

Ecomass high gravity compounds offer outstanding performance. Its high density injection-moldable materials free up premium space in component parts and its weighting and balancing compounds satisfy a wide range of physical property requirements.

Ecomass Compounds

Ecomass Compounds meet the RoHS Directive; do not contain lead or lead compounds; and, contain no materials the U.S. Department of Defense Listing of Toxic Chemicals, Hazardous Substances and Ozone Depleting Substances or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Hazardous Substances Priority List considers toxic or hazardous.

If you have a special requirement, contact Ecomass Technologies via its RFQ Form at:

http://www.ecomass.com/contact-us/

Or see its website at: http://www.ecomass.com

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Ski Company Wins Patent for Vibration Dampening Design System

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A twenty-six-year-old engineering student’s company, Renoun, just won a patent for his Vibration dampening design system (no one is in anyway suggesting that engineering students, or any kind of student, drop out of any kind learning program, be it during the formal years or at any time thereafter. In fact, it’s the opposite – Stay in school!). Cyrus Schenk, founder of Renoun, claims it’s only the first of many.

Schenk also created the now patented Hyper Dampening Technology, a non-Newtonian polymer that’s swabbed into hollowed out channels within the ski’s core. The polymers let the skis acclimate to changing snow conditions and offer the skier more constancy and control. Schenk explained that the swab will decreases vibrations by over three hundred percent and is “…exactly what no other ski can deliver.”

Schenk is a skiing-fanatic. He learned about a rare class of soft polymers that hardened when force was applied. He then left school to investigate how to apply the polymers to skis to make them soften in powdery snow, but stiff in hard packed snow.

Schenk further explained that, because the skis adapt so well, there’s no need anymore to change them or switch resorts due to changing snow conditions.

Ecomass Technologies

Ecomass Technologies is the developer and technological groundbreaker in high density plastics, high density polymers, thermoplastic composite materials, and high density engineered thermoplastics. It delivers material solutions to original equipment manufacturers and material processors around the world. Its has helped commercial and government customers overcome physical property challenges by developing over 100 high gravity thermoplastic composite materials engineered for weighting, balancing, radiation shielding, and vibration dampening applications.

Energy waves cause vibrations. All materials or material systems have natural or resonance frequency. Lowering resonant frequency attains vibration isolation and diminishes energy at the foundation. If vibration isolation isn’t feasible, utilizing a dampening material reduces, restricts, or prevents the oscillatory systems’ oscillations and reduces its energy. This is basically how vibration dampening works.

Like Schenk and his patented complex, many businesses have effectively used Ecomass’s vibration dampening compounds in a variety of applications. Aircraft audio systems utilize them to improve reception quality and minimize outside noise. Sports and luxury automobiles employ them to decrease shifter rod vibrations.

All Ecomass Compounds meet the EU RoHS Directive, are 100% lead free, do not contain any U.S. EPA toxic or hazardous materials, and comply with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Contact Ecomass today or see its website and complete one if its RFQ Forms to find out how you and/or your company might be able to use its compounds for vibration dampening or apply them to any other valuable use.

 

High Density Polyethylene Art

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In South Korea, a German and Korean–based architecture firm used 1,500 semi-transparent plastic baskets and covered a vacant building. A Korean factory manufactured the baskets with high-density polyethylene and UV coated them to ensure durability

Hyunje Joo, the artist-architect, indicated that he wanted to create a cost-effective, adaptable, recyclable architectural element. He said, “The surface minimizes the separation between the inside and outside, as light and silhouettes beyond the space show through. Over the course of the day, changes show on the surface of the wall due to the diffusion and reflection of the material. The passage of time is more actively sensed from both inside and outside, as these light effects stimulate our senses.”

In 2007, Naju City, the location of the project, was chosen as an “Innovative City” and has since attracted and witnessed ecologically sensitive developments.

Though the installation was temporary, the visual and spatial effects were noteworthy and architects claimed that the project would be carried on to future endeavors.

Ecomass Technologies

For nearly twenty years, Ecomass Technologies had pioneered innovative solutions through vibration dampening, lead substitution, gamma ray shielding, and engineered thermoplastics. It has extensive experience with government and commercial customers and has triumphed over multiple challenges to satisfy its customer’s needs. Its know-how and skill with regard to the design and development of high density polymers, thermoplastic composite materials, and high density thermoplastic compounds allow its customers to focus on form and function while it solves material challenges.

Thermoplastic composite materials, high density plastics, and high density polymers make parts lighter and less expensive and offer various performance benefits over conventional materials such as glass, ceramics, aluminum, steel, zinc and lead. Countless industries seek lighter and stronger materials – even artists seek such materials to express their visions for a better world. “Heavy plastics,” high density materials, and high gravity compounds, as they’re all known, may sound complicated and sometimes conflicting, but that’s never the case. They always serve their goal and purpose, whether it’s to add weight to improve performance, add mass to specific locations, balance assemblies to increase service-life, dampen vibration to enhance the customer contact experience, or perform gamma ray shielding to improve safety. As well, Ecomass’ high-gravity compounds can also be used as a lead substitute and/or can also replace aluminum, steel, stainless steel, brass, bronze, copper, and tungsten in a variety of applications.

EU RoHS Directive, are 100% lead free, and do not contain any EPA toxic or hazardous materials and comply with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Contact Ecomass today or see its website and complete one if its RFQ Forms to find out how you and/or your company might be able to use its compounds for Vibration dampening or apply them to any other valuable use.

 

High Density Polymers To Turn Parking Lot into an Ice Skating Rink

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For two weeks in December, Auburn, Alabama will transform a downtown section a winter wonderland. Using high density polymers that look and feel like actual ice, the town will turn a parking lot into 1,200 x 1,800 square foot ice rink that’s suitable for skating.

The high density polymer is slippery, just like actual ice, and skaters will be able to wear skates and glide along the surface as if it’s standard ice. In fact, the city doesn’t expect anyone to know the difference.

Ecomass Technologies

Since 1998, Ecomass Technologies has provided state-of-the-art solutions through advanced composite materials, engineered thermoplastic composite materials, high density plastics, high density polymers, and gamma ray shielding. It has worked with government and commercial customers to overcome physical property and material challenges and surpass application needs.

Ecomass’ focuses on the material challenges and provides original equipment manufacturers and material processors the innovative freedom to focus on form and function. It strives to provide its customers with the highest performing, lowest cost materials, and thus, empowers them to produce the finest parts possible, which then allows them to compete in their respective markets.

Ecomass’ high gravity compounds are engineered to replace traditional materials and have been used as a substitute for lead, aluminum, steel, stainless steel, brass, bronze, copper, and other metals in the following applications:

o To replace lead projectiles with nontoxic frangible projectiles as training ammunition for military and law enforcement personnel.

o To shield -ray and gamma ray sources in medical and industrial devices.

o As a Vibration damping material in the automotive and sporting goods industries.

o To balance weights and reduce the loads to which a part is exposed, thereby increasing its service life.

These are really just a few examples of what Ecomass industries’ compounds can do. Just look at what it did for Auburn, Alabama. It created an ice skating rink!

All Ecomass Compounds meet the EU RoHS Directive, are 100% lead free, do not contain any U.S. EPA toxic or hazardous materials, and comply with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

See Ecomass’ website to learn more about its compounds, products, and services and/or fill out its RFQ form to learn how it can develop and deliver a solution to satisfy your needs.

 

Thermoplastic Composite Implemented For Car Engine Undertrays

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Vehicle underbodies are exposed to rough conditions in sub standard road surface areas. Stones get tossed up from the surface and, sometimes, the underbody actually hits the ground. GSI Deutschland GmbH, a major German car producer, in collaboration with Lanxess, is now equipping vehicles that are destined to end up in countries with poor road infrastructure with an engine under tray composed of tough thermoplastic composite construction.

The composite design of the under tray is considerably more resilient to impacts and destruction than prior materials. It’s over sixty percent lighter than those made with steel and up to twenty percent lighter than those made with aluminum. Continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite is combined with direct long fiber thermoplastic compound and reduces the under tray weight by sixty percent versus steel.

Lanxess believes the compound will become a popular solution for underbody protection of vehicles. Other car manufacturers presently use steel or aluminum, which presents weight disadvantages.

Ecomass Technologies

For nearly twenty years, Ecomass Technologies has been delivering innovative solutions through thermoplastic composite materials, high density plastics, high density polymer, advanced composite materials and engineered thermoplastics. It has worked successfully with both government and commercial clients to solve a host of challenges. Its skill and expertise in the design and development of high density polymers and thermoplastic composite materials gives its customers the freedom to focus on design, form, and function. Ecomass’ goal is to empower its customers with the highest-performance and lowest-cost materials, thereby allowing them to effectively compete in their respective markets.

Engineered thermoplastics, “heavy plastics,” or high density polymers, which might seem to indicate otherwise, actually make parts lighter, exactly like the direct long fiber thermoplastic compound that reduced the undertray weights in the cars GSI Deutschland GmbH manufactured. But, whatever the intended use, be it to better performance, improve balance, or even shield radiation, manufacturers need high density materials that allow them to add mass.

See Ecomass’ website to learn more about its compounds, products, and services and/or fill out its RFQ form to learn how it can develop and deliver a solution to satisfy your needs.

 

Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Encourages the Use of Lead Free Ammunition

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The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is encouraging deer hunters to use lead free ammunition in order to lessen lead exposure to bald eagles and other wildlife.

While humans are exposed to lead through paint and gasoline, animals are exposed through ammunition. Hundreds of bald eagleslive on the refuge and feed upon gut pile remains the hunters leave behind after dressing. Those remains contain lead bullet fragments, which the eagles may eat. The lead will then kill the eagles.

Fifteen national Midwest wildlife refuges are also asking deer hunters to switch to leadfree ammunition. Everyone’s goal is to protect wildlife health.

Ecomass Technologies

Ammunition manufacturers turn to Ecomass Technologies to deliver safer, nontoxic lead free ammunition. Such was one Ecomass’ first and most significant applications of its high gravity compounds. Originally created for lead free training projectiles for military and law enforcement personnel, Ecomass’ tungsten and copper based composite materials are ideal for eliminating the risk of lead contamination at indoor ranges, close-quarters combat training, and wildlife refuges.

Ecomass’ produces its frangible projectiles using a highly controlled injection molding process that satisfies strictest tolerances and ensures repeatable performances with full function and reliability. Ecomass’ lead free ammunition and frangible ammunition passes the military’s, as well as the world’s leading ammunition manufacturers’, performance tests and are a 100% ballistic match to lead based projectiles at 25m for pistol ammunition and 100m for rifle ammunition. Ecomass remains committed to continuously refining and improving its thermoplastic composite materials and developing new formulations to satisfy additional projectile and lead free ammunition designs and applications.

Contact Ecomass today or fill out our RFQ Form, to learn more about you, your organization, or business can use its lead free ammunition or frangible ammunition. See its website to also read case studies page to learn more about how Ecomass’ customers successfully use lead free thermoplastic composite materials.

 

Improving Shots with Vibration Dampening

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Golfers mostly always set out to strike the ball with the middle of the clubface in order to achieve the greatest distance and the best possible path. Some players, though, want to know right away if they’ve hit the ball off center, off the toe, or off the heel so that they can attempt to correct themselves. Such knowledge refers to the iron’s “feel.”

TaylorMade has developed irons with such feel. Its conventional looking P790 steel and graphite irons additionally attain distance and have a soft, forged (stamped from solid metal) feel. Maintaining both was a demanding challenge.

While TaylorMade used carbon steel in the body and clubface, they inserted SpeedFoam, an injectable Vibration damping material, into the clubhead. The SpeedFoam expanded to fill the area, but weighed just a few grams. The vibration dampening material provided maximum Coefficient of Restitution or COR, which to golfers, represents how much distance their swing speed can get out of a shot.

Ecomass Technologies

Ecomass Technologies is the pioneer and technological groundbreaker in high density plastics, high density polymers, thermoplastic composite materials, and high density engineered thermoplastics. It delivers material solutions to original equipment manufacturers and material processors around the globe. Its sales and engineering teams have helped commercial and government customers conquer physical property challenges by developing over 100 high gravity thermoplastic composite materials engineered for weighting, balancing, radiation shielding, and vibration dampening applications.

Energy waves, which have both frequency and amplitude, cause vibrations. All materials or material systems have natural or resonance frequency. Lowering resonant frequency achieves vibration isolation and reduces energy at the source. If, however, vibration isolation isn’t possible, introducing a dampening material reduces, restricts, or prevents the oscillatory systems’ oscillations and reduces its energy. Such is essentially how vibration dampening works.

Ecomass’ compounds deliver lead’s density and metal’s weight and physical properties, but with molded plastics’ design and production advantages. Manufacturers and processors can injectorcompression moldEcomass compounds. This eliminates secondary operations and reduces costs.

Many industries have successfully used Ecomass’s vibration dampening compounds in an array of application. Aircraft audio systems utilize them to improve reception quality and minimize outside noise. Sports and luxury automobiles employ them to decrease shifter rod vibrations. And, like Taylor Made, golf club manufacturers use them to make woods, irons and wedges and help golfers improve their swing and ball strike..

All Ecomass Compounds meet the EU RoHS Directive, are 100% lead free, do not contain any U.S. EPA toxic or hazardous materials, and comply with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Contact Ecomass today or see its website and complete one if its RFQ Forms to find out how you and/or your company might be able to use its compounds for Vibration dampening or apply them to any other valuable use.

 

High Density Plastics Help Urban Blight

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In May 2014, Durham, North Carolina officials sought to combat urban neglect. The town couldn’t afford radical modifications, but it could cover certain blemishes. The city, therefore, prohibited plywood boarding on abandoned homes and instead used high density plastics. The city found that it made a tremendous difference for the neighborhood’s impression. It additionally steadied housing costs and even leveled the crime rate.

The construction company the city contracted installed see-through, sturdy polycarbonate on certain properties. The switch to high-density plastics further helped to sell vacant buildings. In 2011, when the city started focusing on blight, there were nearly 500 boarded-up homes. As of the beginning of 2017, only 56 buildings remained.

Durham officials hope the high density plastic would additionally discourage vandalism, prostitution and drug use in abandoned buildings. An offender couldn’t really select a hideout in which one could easily look into.

The trend took off in other cities, including Phoenix and Fort Lauderdale. Ohio became the first state to direct“clear-boarding” statewide.

Ecomass Technologies

Ecomass is the innovative and technological groundbreaker in high density engineered thermoplastic composite materials, high density plastics, and high density polymers. Ecomass Compounds are completely nontoxic and can be used to replace lead and other traditional materials.

Thermoplastic composite materials, high density plastics, and high density polymers make parts lighter and less expensive and offer various performance benefits over conventional materials such as glass, ceramics, aluminum, steel, zinc and lead. Countless industries are seeking lighter and stronger materials, even cities seeking to conquer urban blight. “Heavy plastics,” high density materials, and high gravity compounds, as they’re all known, may sound complicated and sometimes conflicting, but that’s never the case. They always serve their goal and purpose, whether it’s to add weight to improve performance, add mass to specific locations, balance assemblies to increase service-life, dampen vibration to enhance the customer contact experience, or perform gamma ray shielding to improve safety. As well, Ecomass’ high-gravity compounds can also be used as a lead substitute and/or can also replace aluminum, steel, stainless steel, brass, bronze, copper, and tungsten in a variety of applications.

All Ecomass Compounds meet the EU RoHS Directive, are 100% lead free, do not contain any U.S. EPA toxic or hazardous materials, and comply with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Contact Ecomass today or see its website and complete one if its RFQ Forms to find out how you and/or your company might be able to use thermoplastic composite materials, high density plastics, and high density polymers or any of many other compounds Ecomass Technologies creates.