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Stratasys to acquire cloud-based design management tool GrabCAD

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 22nd, 2014

3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions provider Stratasys Ltd. recently announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held GrabCAD Inc., in an all-cash transaction. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the transaction is expected to close by the end of September. Upon completion of the transaction, GrabCAD will operate as a unit within the Stratasys Global Products and Technology Group, with Hardi Meybaum, co-founder and CEO of GrabCAD continuing to lead GrabCAD within the group.

Polyamide grade targets rail applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 21st, 2014

Machinable plastics supplier Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (Lenzburg, Switzerland) is introducing its range of railway industry specific high performance plastics materials at the InnoTrans 2014 show in Berlin 23-26 September.

Five reasons why Chicago will be your kind of town come October

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 19th, 2014

The Medical Design & Manufacturing portfolio of events has its Chicago moment on Oct. 15 and 16, when MD&M Chicago comes to the Schaumburg Convention Center. Showcasing innovations in materials, processing technologies, contract services, and much more specifically for the medical device sector, the exposition is accompanied by conference sessions exploring everything from product design to regulatory matters.

Reifenhäuser: Insulation installed on extruders can save thousands per year

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 19th, 2014

Simple measures such as the enclosure of certain line components can result in significant savings in blown film production. However, according to Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion, the amount of savings strongly depends on the component chosen. Tests conducted in the Technology Center of Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion with various raw materials shown that the enclosure of barrels and heater-bands has reportedly proved to be the most efficient measure.

Technical article: Soft-touch for the price of two-component injection molding

By ENGEL
Published: September 19th, 2014

One of the key differentiating features of modern cars is the interior. In addition to the overall design, special attention is being paid to the quality of the surfaces. A variety of manufacturing processes have been created to give interior grained surfaces a soft feel. The Dolphin process, which is unrivalled in cost effectiveness, is set to join the ranks.

Kydex and Allen Extruders join together as Sekisui SPI

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 19th, 2014

Sekisui Chemical has joined together Kydex and Allen Extruders to form Sekisui SPI.

Sekisui Chemical purchased Kydex, a manufacturer of thermoplastic sheet design, back in 1990. In 2007, the Tokyo-based chemical giant acquired Allen Extruders. Sekisui SPI will be headquartered at Kydex's location in Bloomsburg, PA, with a second location in Holland, MI, where Allen Extruders is based.

Amcor to operate an on-site bottle production facility at Method’s Chicago plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 19th, 2014

Amcor Rigid Plastics plans to operate an on-site bottle production facility within Method's new advanced manufacturing facility in Chicago. Method, a provider in eco-friendly household, fabric, and personal care products, recently announced that it will build a flagship manufacturing facility in the Pullman Park neighborhood on Chicago's south side.

Ultra-lightweight SMC solution for auto sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

Continental Structural Plastics (CSP; Auburn Hills, MI) has introduced Tough Class A (TCA) Ultra Lite, a 1.2 specific gravity, 36.8% fiber reinforced polyester-based sheet molding compound (SMC) formulation that reportedly provides engineers the ability to design with a lower specific gravity material without sacrificing mechanical properties, surface qualities and adhesion requirements.  This material has already approved by major automotive OEMs and is programmed for a production vehicle beginning in January 2015.

Chinese-based TPE manufacturer establishes North American headquarters

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 18th, 2014

Polymax Thermoplastic Elastomers is American-owned, but the company saw its start thousands of miles away.

"The company began in China because it was the largest TPE market at the time and we continue to see robust demand within this market," a company spokesperson told PlasticsToday.

Since the establishment of the business in 2005 in China, Polymax TPE has designated a TPE Research and Development Center for Jiangsu Province and has become one of the top three TPE manufacturers in China, according to the company.

Eastman Chemical expands nonphthalate plasticizer capacity

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 18th, 2014

Eastman Chemical Co. has completed a previously announced capacity expansion of its Eastman 168 nonphthalate plasticizers at its manufacturing facility in Texas City, TX. Overall capacity of Eastman 168 has been increased by approximately 15%.

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