Stratasys 3D system mixes materials, part sizes without compromising precision

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 28th, 2015

Stratasys Ltd, a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has introduced the Objet 1000 Plus 3D production system and a new high-volume filament package, the Xtend 500 Fortus Plus for Fortus 3D production systems.

Automotive OEMs Want Your Technology—But Are They Willing to Pay for It?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 28th, 2015

Two editorials from IHS SupplierBusiness are laying side-by-side on my desk, and both address the same topic: the demand from automotive OEMs/GM for access to new technology from suppliers. The first one that came out two weeks ago announced that OEMs want to invest in "start-ups as they look for key tech advantages."

Evonik invests €1m into superabsorbant polymer tech center for diaper market

By Karen Laird
Published: April 28th, 2015

Evonik has inaugurated a new application technology center for superabsorbent polymers in Krefeld, Germany. As a supplier of superabsorbent polymers, with manufacturing plants in the US, Germany and Saudi Arabia, the company has invested in a new facility to strengthen the company's position in a competitive market that, according to recent market research, is mainly being driven by the burgeoning demand for diapers for young and old.

Top 10 stories of the month from the Medical Channel

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 28th, 2015

From 3D-printing breakthroughs to provocative questions about the future of medical device design, these articles from the Medical Channel got the most page views in April.

All-in-one-surgery concept wins Startup Competition at 3D Printing Conference and Expo

3D printing versus injection molding: balancing quantity, quality and cost

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 28th, 2015

The emergence of 3D printing as a viable means of mass production has prompted some observers, albeit with vested interests, to ponder over the potential demise of injection molding. With current 3D printing technologies and even factoring in improvements likely to emerge moving forward, however, that possibility appears remote.

New bale grading specs seek to improve recycled PET quality

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 27th, 2015

The National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) has developed new bale quality grading specifications for postconsumer polyethylene terephthalate (EPT) bales. Designed to provide incentives to suppliers to improve recycled PET quality, the "grades" are defined based on the PET fraction of an incoming material load.

Husky announces cost-saving barrier solution

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 27th, 2015

Husky Injection Molding Systems announced the beginning of a phased launch approach of its PET preform barrier module, built on its HyPET HPP5 platform, which was introduced in 2014

Bayer MaterialScience introduces biobased PU for fashion and footwear

By Karen Laird
Published: April 27th, 2015

Bayer MaterialScience is introducing a range of waterborne, bio-based polyurethane (PU) dispersions for textile applications under the Impranil eco name. The new products boast a renewable content that can reach up to 65% due to the use of bio-succinic acid, which Bayer MaterialScience is sourcing from industrial biotechnology company BioAmber.

Valve gate cascade molding simulation integrated into Moldflow

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 26th, 2015

Italian hot runner specialist HRSflow (San Polo di Piave) has developed a solution in collaboration with Autodesk (San Rafael, CA) to simulate the gradual opening and closing of its FLEXflow valve gate nozzles with Autodesk Moldflow, thus predicting pressure reduction and the associated clamping force reduction.

Electronics recycler reshoots old 3D movies into 3D printer filament

By Karen Laird
Published: April 26th, 2015

GreenDisk, a 22-year-old recycler of electronic media for the software, music and movie industries headquartered in Issaquah, WA, celebrated Earth Day this year with the creation of a new company called reShootz. Taking advantage of the burgeoning demand for sustainable raw materials, reShootz will develop and market 3D printer filaments using a dedicated stream of recycled plastics derived from discarded CDs and DVDs.

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