Injection Molding

Injection molder introduces green caterware

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

Lots of parts—and 190 tons of scrap—produced by NPE exhibitors

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

Dip molding and coating: A versatile, flexible plastics process you may never have heard of

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

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

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

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.

How 3D printing will shatter the medtech supply chain

By Norbert Sparrow
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.

French Tier 1 expands footprint in China

By Stephen Moore
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.

Massive Engel vertical machine to assist VW in functionally integrated composites initiative

By Stephen Moore
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.

Moldex3D makes $1.65-million donation to Clemson University center for automotive research

By Clare Goldsberry
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).

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