Materials

NinjaFlex makes its mark in 3D printer materials market

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 30th, 2014

Fenner Drives, a 103-year-old company that specializes in the manufacture of tensioners, idler pulleys, chain sprockets, UHMW belt and chain guides, and more solutions for critical applications, put its engineering expertise in urethanes to work in the 3D printing industry. NinjaFlex, an innovative thermoplastic elastomer 3D printer filament, provides a super elastic, highly durable material that is catching on in the industry.

Styrolution adds three new grades to its Zylar portfolio

By Karen Laird
Published: July 30th, 2014

Styrenics giant Styrolution has launched three new products in its Zylar range of transparent impact modified methyl methacrylate-butadiene-styrene copolymers. Characterized by water clear transparency, high flowability, good chemical resistance and customizable toughness, the new grades further expand the existing Zylar portfolio, which ranges from the extremely impact resistant Zylar 960 to the medium-impact grades Zylar 550 and now also Zylar 650.

Six key questions to ask when sourcing flexible medical device packaging

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 29th, 2014

The time to begin thinking about medical device packaging is when an application for FDA approval is being prepared for submission, says LPS Industries, a diversified manufacturer in the flexible packaging industry. Since package development takes time and is required for FDA approval, considering packaging late in development will only further delay time to market. LPS shared with PlasticsToday six important questions medical device OEMs should ask to determine the most appropriate and least expensive package for a given product.

DSM to capitalize on appetizing food packaging market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: July 29th, 2014

Richard Pieters, president of DSM engineering plastics Americas, told PlasticsToday that the Dutch-based company sees a bright future for the North American food packaging industry.

"It's driven by consumer preference, with plenty of growth forecasted in the next coming years," he said. "Food packaging is a highly innovative industry and we want to be a part of that."

Cannon installs second, energy-efficient vacuum assisted injection foaming system for Haier

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 29th, 2014

Haier, a global manufacturer in cold appliances, is proving its success with the addition of a second 16-fixture foaming and polymerization line for China refrigerators, featuring the innovative Vacuum Assisted Injection (V.A.I.) method from Cannon S.p.A. in Italy. The second line was installed at Haier's Qingdao, China, facility reinforcing the commercial success of this innovative technology that was first launched in September 2011.

Carbon fiber wheels propel Tour de France winner

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 29th, 2014

Hexcel Composites (Duxford, Cambridge) had a helping hand in the efforts of Vincenzo Nibali during his winning ride in the 2014 Tour de France. The rider's bike wheels were manufactured by Corima (Loriol-sur-Drôme, France) using Hexcel's carbon fiber composites.

Composite rocket promises low-cost launches

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 28th, 2014

US Aerospace company Rocket Lab (Los Angeles, CA) is developing a world-first launch vehicle to deliver satellites into orbit cheaper and faster than ever before. The vehicle will make extensive use of carbon composites.

Thermoplastic-compatible carbon fiber production commences; focus on auto sector

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 27th, 2014

At the end of June, SGL Group (Wiesbaden, Germany) started production of thermoplastic-compatible polyacrylonitrile-based carbon fibers at its Muir of Ord site in Scotland. The new production start-up will initially service orders from the automotive industry.

New study looks at the role plastic films play in global food production

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 25th, 2014

In order to feed a global population, which is expected to top nine billion people by 2050, the world must reduce food waste and the distribution of food needs to be improved and food production increased. At the same time, agriculture faces challenges due to changing economic and environmental trends including climate change, biofuel expansion, slowing agricultural yields, rising meat demand and ever increasing calorie intake from a growing global middle class. It is estimated that by 2050, about 70% of the global population will be urban, compared to 50% today.

Medical devices done dirt cheap

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 25th, 2014

Smartphones and 3D printing have the potential to bring life-saving medical technology to the masses at a fraction of the cost of conventional medical devices. From the $50 prosthetic hand to bubble wrap's conversion to in vitro diagnostics, here are four stunning examples of advanced medical and IVD technology that cost less than a pair of athletic shoes.

Click on the arrow below to learn about the $50 prosthetic that, in some circumstances, outperforms a $42,000 device.

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