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Elevance presents latest findings on C18 polyols at polyurethanes conference

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: November 9th, 2015

At the recent Center for the Polyurethanes Industry 2015 Polyurethanes Technical Conference in Orlando, FL, specialty chemicals company Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. (Woodridge, IL) presented the latest findings on its C18 polyols for bio-based polyurethane. The presenter, Allyson Beuhler, received the award for best paper in the Renewable Content Polyols section.

The coolest things at Fakuma 2015

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: October 26th, 2015

Welcoming almost 46,000 visitors from 120 countries and covering 915,000 square feet of exhibition space, Fakuma trade show organizer P. E. Schall more than delivered on its promise of hosting a world-class international event.

October 14 and 15—days two and three of the plastics processing show—were demonstrably the busiest, with some of the most popular halls experiencing perpetual gridlock. That may have frustrated some reporters (ahem) hustling to get to a booth meeting on time, but it was certainly a good problem for exhibitors and Schall to have.

Lego: Just another brick in the wall of censorship, per Ai Weiwei

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: October 26th, 2015

Do you have some random Lego pieces laying around—and who doesn't—that are not being put to good use? You might want to consider donating them to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Adidas unveils the ultimate 3D-printed personalized shoe design

By Karen Laird
Published: October 25th, 2015

If the German sporting goods giant adidas (Herzogenaurach, Germany) has anything to say about it—which, of course, it does—3D printing will dominate the future of performance footwear. And with Futurecraft 3D, a unique 3D-printed running shoe midsole which can be tailored to the cushioning needs of an individual’s foot, adidas is making the future happen today. This is all with the help of an open source partnership with Materialise, the Belgian additive manufacturing experts.

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.

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.

Hybrid long glass+carbon fiber thermoplastic composites are affordable

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2015

PlastiComp, Inc. (Winona, MN) has extended its line of Complēt Hybrid long glass+carbon fiber composites to include two additional thermoplastic polymer matrices.  The company's hybrid products, which combine long glass fiber and long carbon fiber together in a single, affordable ready-to-mold composite pellet, are now available in polypropylene (PP) and engineered thermoplastic polyurethane (ETPU). Last year they were initially introduced in nylon 6/6 (PA 6/6).

Color-changing polymer in helmets could signal severity of head injuries

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 18th, 2015

What if the helmet your child wears while playing football had the ability to diagnose head trauma at the time of impact? A rough tackle can inflict brain damage that destroys lives, yet these injuries are often invisible until later. To detect head trauma immediately, a team of researchers developed a polymer-based material that changes color depending on how hard it is hit. The goal is to someday incorporate this material into protective headgear, on the battlefield as well as the gridiron, providing an immediate indication of injury.

Wacker develops novel silicone 3D-printing technology

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 12th, 2015

Necessity, once again, has proven itself to be the mother of invention, with 3D printing playing the role of enabler. Marathon runner Maximilian Peter, who works as an engineer at Wacker Silicones (Munich, Germany), longed for an athletic shoe with shock-absorbing insoles and a perfect fit. Holding a doctorate in chemical engineering and through his daily activities at Wacker, he quickly identified the best material for this application, silicone, and the appropriate manufacturing process, 3D printing.

Reshoring is not easy, says injection molder, but it pays off

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: July 23rd, 2015

What are you doing for your community? That is the question a government official in Arkansas asked Keith Scheffler, President of Creative Things Inc. (Gentry, AR), during a meeting. "What are you doing for your fellow Arkansans? He challenged us at that time with those questions," Scheffler told PlasticsToday. "So I took it to heart and began exploring the reality of bringing our manufacturing to the United States, specifically to Arkansas."

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