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PostNet’s Spindel recognizes need to protect IP

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 16th, 2014

After reading my blog post from last week, 3D printing is not like making copies, Brian Spindel, president of COO and co-founder of PostNet, and I had a conversation about some of the questions I raised about offering 3D printing. I questioned whether it was feasible to offer that type of service in a business services center along with copying, packing and shipping, given that there is often intellectual property to protect.

Staples partners with 3D Systems to launch in-store 3D printing experience

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 16th, 2014

It's catching on fast! Just days after PostNet, a business services retail center that offers copying, printing, packing and shipping, announced that its Minneapolis franchisee, Dave Thorson, has installed 3D printing services in that center, 3D Systems (3DS) announced a partnership with Staples Inc. in a pilot of 3D printing services in two Staples stores in New York City and Los Angeles.

Lightweighted patient transport system gives emergency personnel a lift

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 16th, 2014

Thermoset composites are making the lives of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel a little less strainful. The new iN∫X (pronounced "in-ex") Integrated Patient Transport and Loading System from Ferno EMS integrates 16 parts supplied by The Composites Group (TCG; Highland Heights, OH) that achieved weight reductions compared with conventional components without adversely affecting strength. EMS workers routinely sustain sprains and strains, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lanxess' latest offshore investment: compounding unit in Brazil

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 15th, 2014

Lanxess (Cologne, Germany) has inaugurated its new compounding facility in Porto Feliz, Brazil. A EUR20 million ($27.6 million) investment has been made in the plant, which will initially have an annual capacity of 20,000 tonnes and employ up to 50 personnel.

Chinese regulators crack down on noncompliant medical products

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 15th, 2014

We talk a lot about China as the world's factory, manufacturing and assembling goods for export, but the domestic market is equally worthy of our attention, as the country's urban population becomes avid consumers. The leading edge of this consumerized society is a burgeoning middle class—larger in size than the entire population of the United States—and it is demanding access to quality healthcare.

Turning recycled water bottles into Plastic Gold

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 15th, 2014

With a little bit of Grimm magic, the miller's daughter in Rumpelstiltskin was able to weave straw into gold. Here in the real world, designer Florie Salnot is practicing a different kind of alchemy by converting recycled plastic bottles into stunning—I repeat, stunning—pieces of jewelry. Don't believe me? Check out the images in this article.

Salnot collaborates with Saharawari refugees in the Sahara desert in Algeria in the design and production of the jewelry, called Plastic Gold.

NPE 2015 wants to see your high-end recycled products

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2014

Plastics manufacturers that turn recyclable materials into viable consumer products are invited to submit applications to display their goods at NPE 2015, scheduled March, 23-27, 2015, in Orlando, FL. SPI will accept product nominations until Aug. 1, 2014.

Octal reaches $3 billion in sales

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2014

PET producer Octal has surpassed the $3 billion dollar mark in sales, a record in the company's six-year history. The company also recorded its highest quarter production volume of PET in Q1, with March 2014 being its second best month ever of PET production volumes, the company said. The latest capacity expansion of its PET complex in Salalah has increased production of bottle grade PET resin by 40% with a monthly run-rate of $100 million. Octal accounts for approximately 15% of Oman's non-oil exports, which equates to about 1.5% of the national GDP. 

NYC to host largest medical design and manufacturing event on East Coast

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 15th, 2014

More than 500 international exhibitors and scores of networking and learning opportunities await visitors to MD&M East, which returns to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, on June 10 to 12, 2014. The event is co-located with PLASTEC East.

Interplastic launches 2014 scholars award program

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 15th, 2014

Interplastic Corp., a specialty chemical company with headquarters in St. Paul, MN, announced it 2014 Scholars Award Program in affiliation with the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).

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