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March 27, 2014

Purdue students show how to innovate with soybeans

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Team Filasoy members (from left) Carmen Valverde-Paniagua, Yanssen Tandy and Nicole Raley Devlin may not have a tiger by the tail, but they have a shark by the ear. The three Purdue engineering students earned the top prize of $20,000 by developing a recyclable 3D printing material for the 2014 Student Soybean Product Innovation competition. The filament can produce many three-dimensional objects, even a toy shark. (Purdue Agricultural Communication Photo/Tom Campbell)
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - 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 Contest.

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

"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.

Soybean soots

Soybean oil and beeswax are the ingredients of Soots, an eco-friendly, organic leather boot conditioner and polish developed by Purdue students Sara Richert and brothers Evan (left) and Sean Anderson. Their invention earned the runner-up prize of $10,000 in the 2014 Student Soybean Product Innovation competition. (Purdue Agricultural Communication Photo/Tom Campbell) 
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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 engineering. 

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722, robins89@purdue.edu 

Source: Jane Ade Stevens, 317-614-0376, jadestevens@indianasoybean.com

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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