FusionFx produces random color effects in molded parts

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 25th, 2015

Ampacet Corp. (Tarrytown, NY), a global supplier of masterbatch compounds with manufacturing operations in 17 countries, has introduced FusionFx, four color palettes that use proprietary technology to produce a random flow of color effects. These effects enable designers to literally create one-of-a-kind products that celebrate individual expression and the raw beauty found in nature's imperfections, says the company.

Minneapolis hosts Minnesota Medtech Week

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 21st, 2015

Minnesota Medtech Week brings together the region's two most important medical device and health technology events under one roof: The medical manufacturing tradeshow and conference MD&M Minneapolis, which is co-located with PLASTEC Minneapolis and organized by UBM Canon, and the Life Scienc

Plastic material selection: The four performance killers

By Eric Larson
Published: September 18th, 2015

This is part of an ongoing series of articles on materials selection authored by Eric Larson, a mechanical engineer with 30 years of experience in plastics design, for PlasticsToday. His most recent book is Plastics Materials Selection: A Practical Guide.

3D printing slashes prototyping time for solar-powered cooler

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 15th, 2015

Startup companies that want to get their product on the market fast to capture greater market share are finding out that there are benefits to using 3D printing over traditional manufacturing. UK startup Nipi Smart Cooler has created a one-of-a-kind "smart" cooler using Stratasys' 3D printing. Employed throughout product development, Stratasys' technology enabled Nipi to realize a functional prototype 75% faster than using traditional manufacturing methods, said information from Stratasys.

Silicone now an option for 3D printing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 9th, 2015

3D printing is a technology with a great future. It is used by companies, product developers and designers to manufacture spare parts, prototypes and much more. But the range of materials has been limited. So far, it has only been possible to print thermoplastics, glass, ceramics, and metals.

Countertop beer dispenser utilizes plastic pouch for freshness

By Kari Embree
Published: August 26th, 2015

For all those craft beer lovers out there, you know what it’s like to bring home a growler of beer only for it to go flat within a matter of days. Now you can bring your beer home and have it on draft while it stays fresh …in a plastic bag. Thanks to St. Louis-based Synek, there is now a standalone home appliance that refrigerates, pressurizes and dispenses beer for the home consumer. The countertop beer dispenser has a custom-engineered flexible pouch that holds and preserves a full gallon of beer.

Six sexy, sustainable designs made possible by plastic

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 23rd, 2015

We're always going on about how great plastic is, but what would you expect from a business-to-business website, right? Let's be honest: In the general population and among mainstream media, plastic doesn't get a lot of love. So it's refreshing when someone who is not affiliated with the industry comes along and shows real enthusiasm about how plastic can advance product design in a sustainable way.

Sneak peek: Pack Expo Las Vegas showstoppers

By Kari Embree
Published: August 19th, 2015

Pack Expo Las Vegas is just around the corner and PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, anticipates this year’s event will be the largest-ever Pack Expo Las Vegas (Las Vegas Convention Center; Sept. 28–30, 2015). Coming off several optimistic reports on the U.S. manufacturing sector, the event will bring together more than 2,000 exhibitors showcasing their processing and packaging innovations to 30,000 attendees in over 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

Dow to launch PacXpert technology in China

By Kari Embree
Published: August 19th, 2015

Dow Packaging (Midland, MI) and Specialty Plastics (St. Peters, MO) have teamed up with Chinese supplier Hunan China Sun Pharmaceutical Machinery to launch PacXpert flexible packaging technology in the Chinese market. China Sun, a leading supplier of pharmaceutical and injection molding equipment, will roll-out PacXpert in Greater China for flexible packaging of engine oils, edible oils, rice and detergent.

Survey reveals current and future impact of 3D printing on manufacturing

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 13th, 2015

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, a subsidiary of 3D-printing technology leader Stratasys (Eden Prairie, MN), has just published a report on the impact of 3D printing on manufacturing. The 27-page document is based on a survey of 700 designers, engineers and executives who work for companies committed to additive manufacturing (AM) technology, 40% of whom are employed by companies with more than $50 million in revenue. As such, it is the only business report dedicated to 3D printing that is focused on insights from professional users, according to Stratasys.

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