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. 

EOS introduces two new metal materials for DMLS

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 31st, 2014

EOS GmbH, a global technology provider for industrial Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions, expanded its metal materials portfolio with the introduction of two new metal materials for its Direct Metal Laser Sintering process: EOS Titanium Ti64ELI and EOS Stainless- Steel 316L. Both materials are suitable for medical applications, as well as others.

Names in the news: Solvay, Plastics Color Corp., Emerson Industrial Automation, Polymera

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2014

Emerson Industrial Automation, a business of Emerson, recently announced the appointment of Joseph Dillon as President of Branson Ultrasonics Corp. In his new role, Dillon has responsibility for overseeing the worldwide operations of Branson - a provider of customer focused solutions for plastic joining, ultrasonic metal joining and precision processing. Branson has more than 1,800 employees and 70 sales and service centers throughout the world.

Joe Dillon is succeeding Ed Boone who has been appointed as VP of Supply Chain for Emerson Asia Pacific, Hong Kong.

MIM specialist ARC Group adds 3D printing capabilities

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: March 27th, 2014

ARC Group Worldwide Inc., one of the largest Metal Injection Molding (MIM) operations in the world, announced that its 3D Material Technologies, LLC (3DMT), has purchased two EOS M 280 Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) industrial 3D printers from Electro Optical Systems GmbH, for the company's Colorado production facility.

Ashley Nichols, general manager of 3DMT, stated, "EOS laser-sintering is a leading technology for aerospace and medical components, which make the 3D printers a strategic fit for our existing business."

Garlock Printing & Converting picks Reno for new plant

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 26th, 2014

Massachusetts-based Garlock Printing is opening operations in Reno, Nevada. The new facility will house a host of equipment, including a Novoflex CM 10, the company's first investment in W&H machinery.

Due to a bi-coastal customer base, Garlock decided to have both East and West Coast facilities. Garlock said Reno proved attractive for a handful of reasons, namely tax benefits (proximity to California without the taxes) and easy access to customers in the Northwest and Southwest. The Reno operation will offer the same products and services as in Massachusetts.

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