Design

Self-taught moldmaker develops first-of-its-kind medical device

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 27th, 2014

Some people famously started a business in their garage—you've seen the commercial. For Jennifer Davagian Ensign, founder and CEO of Cristcot Inc. (Concord, MA), it all began in her kitchen, but her invention has nothing to do with cuisine. Au contraire. Using a Smooth-On silicone moldmaking kit, sundry parts from local hardware stores, and her oven, Ensign taught herself the fundamentals of molding and, this month, brought to market—trigger warning, this may cause some of you to wince—Sephure, a disposable suppository applicator.

Plastics big winners at the DuPont packaging awards

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 16th, 2014

DuPont presented 16 awards at its 26th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The company calls the awards the industry's longest-running, global, independently judged competition highlighting innovative packaging and collaboration throughout the value chain. 

Plastics big winners at the DuPont packaging awards, part 12

By Heather Caliendo
Published: May 16th, 2014

Light and strong are two qualities that standout from Pepsico's 28-ounce Gatorade bottle. In addition, using new roll-fed film label technology to shrink the labels onto the bottles eliminates adhesives and simulates direct printing. This form-fitting label eliminates water being trapped between the label and the bottle.

Using modern 3D modeling to reverse engineer a 40-year-old aircraft part

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: May 16th, 2014

What do you do when out of the blue a company calls you needing a 40-year-old aircraft part? That's certainly a unique challenge, and one that processors face from time-to-time. Ray Products Co. Inc., an Ontario, CA-based vacuum and pressure forming company that has been in business since 1949, got the call and decided to respond.

SPE announces winners of Global Parts Competition at Antec 2014

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: May 15th, 2014

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced the winners of its Global Parts Competition during SPE Antec 2014, which took place April 28-May 1 in Las Vegas.

The competition, "Plastics for Life," featured submissions by 2013-2014 winners of SPE parts competitions from around the world. Chosen as the Grand Prize winner was a rear door assembly developed by Walter Pack Group for the Renault Twizy electric car. It was also one of the winners in these four categories. Below are the winners:

Bioplastics in packaging come into its own

By Karen Laird
Published: May 15th, 2014

Dusseldorf — "At Interpack this year, one of the statements heard again and again was 'we are already working with bioplastics,'"said Hasso von Pogrell, managing director of European Bioplastics. "It shows that bioplastics play an important role for present and future packaging solutions."

Medical device innovation will be driven by patient needs rather than doctors' ideas, says survey

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 8th, 2014

Speaking with medtech professionals about medical device innovation over the years, I have noticed a gentle shift in attitude when it comes to the role played by doctors and surgeons. Historically, they have had tremendous influence on device design and purchasing decisions; increasingly, however, they must share space at the decision-making table with healthcare purchasing groups and, yes, patients.

Remember the vuvuzela? Meet the caxirola

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: May 5th, 2014

Apparently somebody thought that the vuvuzela, which provided the droning soundtrack to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, was not an entirely bad idea. That is how the 2014 edition of the planet's greatest sporting event got the caxirola.

The toxic killers of medical device innovation

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 28th, 2014

Kablooe is an odd name for a design firm that works extensively in the medical device field, but it begins to make sense when you know the origins of the Minneapolis-based company.

Designers take a walker on the wild side

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 25th, 2014

Of all the poorly designed products that pollute our landscape and infuriate users, the typical walker ranks right near the top. It's not just the aesthetics of the device that make it look like it came out of a Soviet-era design bureau, but it forces users to hunch over, compounding the indignity of having to rely on this device to move about. I'm a journalist, not a designer, so all I can do is rant about it. But industrial designers Jeremy Knopow and Jennifer Harris share my displeasure, and they have the tools and ambition to do something about it.

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