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Family tragedy begets mission to develop 3D-printed orthotics for children

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 22nd, 2014

For parents, there is no greater tragedy than losing a child. Naveed and Samiya Parvez lost their son, Andiamo, on his ninth birthday to complications from cerebral palsy. During his short life as a quadriplegic, Andiamo required extensive medical treatments to help with his posture, including the design and fitting of a custom back brace and hip abductor. The trial-and-error process, which has barely evolved over the decades, can be traumatic for a child.

Plastics education taking on greater importance for equipment suppliers

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 22nd, 2014

Educating the next generation workforce has become a primary concern for the plastics processing and moldmaking industries. It's evident by the conversations that take place at the various trade shows such as the SPE Thermoforming Conference held last week (Sept. 15-18), which caters to many students from various colleges and trade schools.

Three manufacturers of oxo-degradable plastics take exception to projected OWS study

By Karen Laird
Published: September 22nd, 2014

Two British and a Swedish manufacturer of so-called oxo-degradable plastics—Symphony Environmental, Wells Plastics and Add-X—have issued a joint statement in which they explain exactly why, in their opinion, no extra study is needed to verify whether their materials biodegrade, or whether they do not.

Are you a Tier 2 automotive supplier? Mexico wants you!

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 22nd, 2014

OEMs continue to push for regional supply chains to shorten geographic distances, reduce transportation costs and provide better oversight of their supplier base. Mexico got that message as well, according to a recent editorial in IHS SupplierBusiness. The "country's association of auto parts manufacturers aims to increase suppliers at the Tier 2 level to localize operations as the country's light-vehicle production is set to pass Brazil," said the editorial.

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.

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