Design

Latest 3D simulation software version debuts

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 31st, 2014

3D CAE simulation solutions provider CoreTech System (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has released its latest iteration of software: Moldex3D R13.0.

MEDevice San Diego highlights medtech innovation

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 25th, 2014

The MEDevice San Diego Conference & Technology Showcase returns for a fourth time to California's second largest city in September with a two-day educational program that explores a host of issues of deep importance to medical device manufacturers and developers. The event will be held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina on Sept. 10 and 11.

In-Mold Decorating Association announces parts competition winners (slide show), part three

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 23rd, 2014

The KFC Go Cup won Best Part Design Gold Award due to the fact that this innovative IML food service package features a divided cup that fits neatly into a car cup holder. The package helped drive KFC’s new snack menu last fall and was featured in Super Bowl commercials.

The two sections hold bite-sized chicken snacks on one side and fries on the other. This unique design was a collaboration between Yum Brands and Berry Plastics Design Center. The entry was submitted by CBW Automation, the automation designer and manufacturer.

Non-profit molding company profits the disabled

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 22nd, 2014

Everyone wants their children to grow up to be productive members of society; to have a good job and contribute their talents in whatever ways they can. Parents of developmentally disabled children are no different. But in 1965, there were not many options for young people. That's when a group of parents of children with developmental disabilities founded Coarc, a not-for-profit organization and a much better alternative to being placed in an institution.

World's fastest cap production system achieved by Sumitomo (SHI) Demag using Total HDPE resin

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 1st, 2014

Multi-cavitation molds for running high-volume cap and closure production can be very fast systems. Now, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag together with its partners, Total and Plastisud, has set a new world record in the production of HDPE caps with tamper-evident band without post-molding operations, according to information from Total, headquartered in France, with more than 150 locations for specialty chemicals worldwide.

Integrated 3D printing and injection molding speeds time to market for medical devices

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 28th, 2014

Accelerating time to market is high on the priority list of most manufacturers. Medical device OEMs are no different, but, in addition to the design and manufacturing challenges that all companies must overcome, they also must satisfy FDA requirements.

Designing devices that pass the turn-around test

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 22nd, 2014

At Misfit (San Francisco, CA), the company that makes the Shine activity tracker and Beddit sleep tracker, they routinely apply the turn-around test to determine the true value of a product. It's a simple concept, as Sonny Vu, CEO of Misfit, explained at a recent conference in Pasadena, CA: Wearable Tech LA: Where Health and Entertainment Meet Wearables. "If you forget something when you leave the house, would you turn around to get it?

ABCO Tool & Die's 'visionary' business strategy provides a clear path to growth

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 21st, 2014

When ABCO Tool & Die Inc. started in business nearly 40 years ago, the company was your typical mold builder. However, it then received an opportunity from one of the major manufacturing companies in the state of Massachusetts: Polaroid.

The inside story on the hands-free crutch that keeps Harrison Ford up and about

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 16th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, you might have seen photos of Harrison Ford with an odd-looking contraption growing out of his knee plastered all over newspapers and websites. The veteran actor broke his leg on the set of the new Star Wars Episode VII that is being shot at Pinewood Studios in London. Shortly after his accident, he was spotted walking around the city on a leg crutch.

Lumber from trees may be a material of the past

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 15th, 2014

It's summertime and you might be sitting out on your deck reading your online PlasticsToday NewsFeed on your laptop or iPad or iPhone, thinking that this past winter was pretty hard on that wooden deck and railing. Maybe you're chiding yourself for not getting out the sealant or the paint and taking on that nasty chore of beautifying and protecting your deck.

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