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.

Software will enable clinicians to easily 3D-print wrist splints for arthritis sufferers

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 10th, 2014

Software developed at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom reportedly could enable clinicians with no computer-aided design (CAD) experience to design and 3D-print custom wrist splints for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The splints, produced at the university's additive manufacturing facilities, are described as more comfortable and attractive than conventional bulky splints that cause users to sweat, and could be less expensive, according to Dr Abby Paterson of the university's Design School.

Noncontact video extensometer enables tensile testing of plastics to ISO 527 standard

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 8th, 2014

The Video Gauge noncontact extensometer from Imetrum (Bristol, UK) reportedly is the only device of its kind to achieve the exacting requirements of ISO 527-1: 2012 ASTM D638 equivalent. The system, which has undergone rigorous, independent testing, is capable of determining tensile modulus by measuring a change of gauge length to 1% accuracy of the relevant value. In tests, Imetrum was able to achieve between 0.2 and 0.3 µm for all gauge lengths using the same camera and lens combination. This exceeds by a factor of three the accuracy required by ISO 527 for a 50-mm gauge length.

RAPID 2014: A showcase for innovation and creativity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 16th, 2014

Todd Grimm, president of T.A. Grimm & Associates, provided an introductory overview at RAPID 2014 of all the latest and greatest in 3D printing innovations, and encouraged attendees to visit those companies exhibiting at the show to see for themselves these exciting new products.

Strange bedfellows? Ford and Heinz team up on tomato-based bioplastic for vehicles

By Karen Laird
Published: June 11th, 2014

While at first sight, cars and tomatoes may not have much in common, the collaboration between Ford and H.J. Heinz is less outlandish that would appear. Every year, Heinz uses more than two million tons of tomatoes to produce its best-selling product: Heinz Ketchup. And every year, the company ends up with a lot of tomato waste. Hence, researchers were looking for innovative ways to recycle and repurpose the peels, stems and seeds left over from making ketchup.

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