Published: May 1st, 2015
VistaTek LLC, a custom injection molding company headquartered in Stillwater, MN, introduced SelfEco, LLC, an independent company that manufacturers plastics made from plant-based materials. Designed for catering and food service, SelfEco produces affordable caterware, cutlery, and drinkware that is industrial biocompostable.
Published: April 30th, 2015
All plastic processing plants produce scrap along with their parts, and NPE this year was no exception. With injection molding machines and blow molding equipment running all day for nearly more than four days, producing a variety of parts—some of them quite large—scrap was to be expected. At NPE2015, 82 exhibitors participated in the program to recycle processing scrap generated on the show floor. That was twice as many exhibitor than at NPE2012, causing a dramatic increase in the amount of material collected for recycling, SPI announced.
Published: April 30th, 2015
Dip molding and coating is a plastics process that, while used commonly on many types of products that include everything from medical devices to hand tools to gasoline pump handles, remains largely unknown to many plastics engineers and product designers. Yet, dip molding and coating using a variety of liquid polymers offers many advantages and, in certain applications, can even be an excellent alternative to the injection molding and extrusion processes.
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
Published: April 27th, 2015
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.
Published: April 24th, 2015
Make no mistake: 3D printing is a disruptive technology, one of the most transformative processes we have seen in a long time that will fundamentally change manufacturing from top to bottom. How it will affect the supply chain in medical manufacturing is a topic that Jim Joyce, Specialist Leader - Supply Chain Practice, Deloitte Consulting (Boston), will address at the forthcoming BIOMEDevice Boston event. He recently shared some insights in advance of the conference and exhibition with PlasticsToday.
Published: April 23rd, 2015
With 22 million vehicles manufactured in 2014 alone, China is the leading global automotive market, accounting for approximately one-quarter of global automobile production worldwide. The country is also forecast to account for almost half of automotive market growth over the next four years in other word 6.5 million additional cars produced in China by 2018, against a total of 14 million additional cars manufactured worldwide. In addition, environmental standards are coming into force in the country, the aim being to reduce carbon emissions.
Published: April 22nd, 2015
A v-duo 3600 vertical clamping dual injection unit molding machine is currently being built by Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) at its large-scale machine plant in St. Valentin, Austria that will be shipped to the Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V. association in Wolfsburg, Germany to support research into functionally integrated composite technologies. Engel is a founder member and sponsor of the research centre initiated by Volkswagen in 2012 and supported by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Published: April 20th, 2015
CoreTech Systems (Moldex3D) Co. Ltd. (Farmington Hills, MI), a global innovator of true 3D CAE simulation systems, announced a $1.65-million donation to support education and research at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).