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.

QMilk wins Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award

By Karen Laird
Published: April 9th, 2014

Cologne, Germany - QMilk, a young German company that has developed a technology based on casein to produce a 100% biobased textile fiber or granulate, is proving itself a winner. Out of a field of seven nominees, the company triumphed at this year's Bio-based Material of the Year Innovation Award, winning by an "overwhelming majority," said Michael Carus of Nova-Institut, the organizer of the International Conference on Bio-based Materials at which the award is presented. "QMilk left the competition far behind, eating dust, as it were." [Ed.

Feelin’ groovy? The Street Shark bionic surface reduces drag, enhances car performance

By Karen Laird
Published: April 3rd, 2014

Mannheim, Germany — Shark skin, which has a special, grooved microstructure that reduces flow resistance, thus allowing sharks to move swiftly and efficiently through the water, has long been admired by engineers. Now, in a collaborative project with four other companies, Frimo, the Germany-based provider of system solutions for the manufacture of plastic components, has produced an artificial shark skin surface texture that works the same way - but on land for cars.

3D printing companies on the move with acquisitions, IPOs

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 2nd, 2014

If there's an industry that is moving as fast as 3D printing (aka additive manufacturing), I haven't found it yet. Stratasys Ltd., a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced on April 2 that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire two privately-held companies, Solid Concepts Inc. and Harvest Technologies.

SPE looking for entries in Students Part Competition

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division is looking to engage the younger generation with its second annual Student Parts Competition. SPE is encouraging students to collaborate on a potential thermoformed application specified by SPE. The submission deadline is August 15. 

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