INglass founder receives E&Y Italy's Entrepreneur of the Year award

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 20th, 2015

INglass Group President Maurizio Bazzo received the Italian Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Industrial Products category, celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the headquarters of the Italian stock market in Milan. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who have made significant contributions to the growth of the Italian economy, with its basis in small- and medium-sized companies.

BMW's Carbon Core body snares EuroCarBody Award 2015

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 11th, 2015

A car-body construction that combines carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminum and steel has won the EuroCarBody Award 2015. Employed in the new BMW 7 Series, the Carbon Core body was given a rating of 41.87 out of 50 possible points—the best score ever to be obtained in the competition. The EuroCarBody Award is regarded as the world's most important award for innovations in car-body construction.

Easy vehicle access is standout theme at Tokyo Motor Show

By Stephen Moore
Published: November 11th, 2015

The Tokyo Motor Show featured the latest and greatest in motor vehicles and components at the Big Sight venue from October 28 through November 8. Besides the usual array of high-performance vehicles and sometimes outlandish concept cars, one standout theme was vehicle accessibility, which is perhaps unsurprising given Japan’s rapidly aging population.

Sustainable, seaweed-based water bottles … you can eat?

By Kari Embree
Published: November 11th, 2015

While plastic containers likely won’t be phased out anytime soon, there have been a few packaging trends that aim to help solve the plastic pollution problem—just try eating it. Yes, that’s right. Skipping Rocks Lab, a London-based start-up consisting of three industrial design students, has created a new kind of packaging made from seaweed that proposes an alternative to plastic bottles … and it’s edible.

Sustainable caskets designed for end of life

By Karen Laird
Published: November 9th, 2015

When Marieke Havermans’ mother-in-law died, the family was given a catalog to browse through by the funeral home from which to choose the casket they wanted. “Each and every one of them was basically dark, ugly and too expensive. For the most part, they were made of particleboard that was lined with leak-proof paper—which was not what we were looking for,” she said. “Particleboard is a cheap construction material that emits formaldehyde. There’s no dignity in particleboard.”

Disposable vaccine inhaler wins Swedish innovation award

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 6th, 2015

An inhaler designed to deliver vaccines has earned Swedish company Iconovo (Lund) the 2015 Innovation Prize, awarded by global business consultancy PwC and the Lund University Innovation System. The award is designed to recognize and stimulate innovation in southern Sweden; the winning company receives SEK 150,000 ($16,900) in prize money.

New Eastman Innovation Lab site seeks to address gap between design and fabrication

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: November 5th, 2015

Initially intended as an online showcase for case studies detailing how materials could solve design challenges, the Eastman Innovation Lab (EIL; Kingsport, TN) website has undergone a make-over prompted and informed by user feedback. The company identified a "gap between designing something and then actually making it," Farrell Calabrese, Creative Manager, told PlasticsToday. "Our [design] community needed more material information," she added, and the site has been redesigned to address this.

Carnegie Mellon fur-bricates plastic hair with low-cost 3D printer

By Kari Embree
Published: November 2nd, 2015

While 3D printers are typically known to produce hard plastic objects, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have come up with a method for using inexpensive 3D printers to fabricate plastic hair—a technique they call “furbrication.”

Start-up uses pink plastic bubbles to tackle chewing gum litter

By Kari Embree
Published: October 30th, 2015

We’ve all experienced it. Walking down the sidewalk and stepping on a piece of gross, sticky chewing gum. Just the other day I noticed it on the tire of my car. While it may have several cognitive benefits, such as increased mental focus, chewing gum is the second most-common form of litter (cigarette butts are number one at 1.7 billion pounds a year). Not to mention, it costs millons of dollars a year to clean up.

Adidas unveils the ultimate 3D-printed personalized shoe design

By Karen Laird
Published: October 25th, 2015

If the German sporting goods giant adidas (Herzogenaurach, Germany) has anything to say about it—which, of course, it does—3D printing will dominate the future of performance footwear. And with Futurecraft 3D, a unique 3D-printed running shoe midsole which can be tailored to the cushioning needs of an individual’s foot, adidas is making the future happen today. This is all with the help of an open source partnership with Materialise, the Belgian additive manufacturing experts.

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