Purdue Students Show How to Innovate with Soybeans

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., April 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A group of Purdue University
students who created a soy-based, renewable and recyclable filament for 3D
printing won the top prize in the annual Student Soybean Product Innovation


The awards were announced at a reception on March 26, in Indianapolis. A record
15 teams completed projects in the competition, which is celebrating its 20th

“For 20 years, Indiana soybean farmers have supported this competition in the
College of Agriculture as a way to elevate our organization, Purdue and Indiana
as the center of food and ag innovation,” said Jane Ade Stevens, CEO of the
Indiana Soybean Alliance, sponsor of the competition. “We are excited to see 15
student teams complete the competition this year and hope that their experience
leads them to consider food and agricultural sciences as their future career.”

The S3D Innovations team developed Filasoy, a next generation 3D printing
material. Filasoy replaces harmful petroleum-based plastic with a low-energy,
low-temperature, renewable and recyclable filament. It retains similar
properties found in a bioplastic with an added “green” twist: It allows printing
without waste.

The team will receive a $20,000 prize. Members are Carmen Valverde-Paniagua of
Chihuahua, Mexico, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering; Nicole Raley
Devlin of Rockville, Md., a doctoral student in chemical engineering; and
Yanssen Tandy of Jarkarta, Indonesia, a senior student in chemical engineering.

The runner-up team, Soots, produced a 100 percent organic leather boot
conditioner and polish by the same name. The product comes in two forms: One,
made from soybean oil and beeswax, is a thick, more solid polish for genuine
leather such as boots and reins and also serves as a waterproofing agent. The
product is safe for the environment and not harmful to animals. The second
product is a much lighter conditioner, in the form of a spray, that can be used
on faux leather items. It is used more for cleaning and improving appearance
than waterproofing.

The team will receive a $10,000 prize. Members are Sean Anderson of Churubusco,
Ind., a junior in forestry; his brother, Evan, a sophomore in agricultural
engineering; and Sara Richert of Oak Park, Ill., a sophomore in agricultural

Additional information about the New Use Innovation program is available on the
Indiana Soybean website and details on past winning teams and products can be
accessed via the Purdue website.

Megan Kuhn, 317-614-0377, mkuhn@indianasoybean.com

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140402/CG96658

SOURCE Indiana Soybean Alliance


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