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42 days on; a 3D-printed kayak emerges

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 14th, 2014

PlasticsToday has covered 3D printing extensively in recent times and for good reason. The technology is transforming the manner in which industry and individuals are able to manufacture customized products. Case-in-point: A kayak fabricated using plastic filament-based 3D printing.

American firm localizes specialty compound production in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2014

Global OEMs concerned the legitimacy of their plastic compound sources in China may want to consider a new supplier of specialty products with its roots in the US.

Slideshow: Five ways 3D printing is revolutionizing medical technology

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 14th, 2014

We recently reported on a blood recyling device developed and marketed by British company Brightwake Ltd. that made extensive use of 3D printing to produce prototype parts. The technology resulted in tremendous cost savings and accelerated time to market, according to the firm.

Stratasys develops new 3D printing material simulating polypropylene

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 14th, 2014

The science of developing more and better-performing materials for 3D printing just took another leap with the latest material from Stratasys Ltd, a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The company just introduced Endur, an advanced simulated polypropylene material for use with all Objet EdenV, Objet Connex, Objet500 Connex3 and Objet 30Pro 3D printers.

Engel creates new subsidiary in China

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 14th, 2014

The Engel Group has established an 100%-owned subsidiary called Wintec, which will start producing injection molding machines this summer. In Asia, the Austrian injection moulding machine manufacturer and system supplier is targeting further sustainable growth with a clearly defined product range under the new brand. Peter Auinger, who has transferred within the Engel Group from Mexico to China, will be the subsidiary's CEO. 

Sacmi Group sells plastics division to US-based Kingsbury Group

By Heather Caliendo
Published: April 14th, 2014

Packaging machinery supplier Sacmi has sold its plastics division to the Rochester, New York-based Kingsbury Group, which has a portfolio that includes Chrysler, Ford, Whirlpool and Honeywell.

"This sale is in keeping with Sacmi's desire to streamline management and focus more on the ceramics and packaging sectors," stated the Sacmi Group's General Manager Pietro Cassani. He will became a member of the American firm's board of directors.

3D printing reduces cost, speeds time to market for blood recycling system

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 14th, 2014

A blood recycling system prototype that uses a number of parts made with the Stratasys Dimension 1200es 3D printer has received the CE mark, enabling the finished device to be placed on the market in European Union member states and other countries that recognize the marking. Developed by Brightwake Ltd. (Nottingham, UK), Hemosep significantly reduces the need for blood transfusions. One of the first patients to benefit from the device was a 50-year-old UK heart patient, who, as a Jehovah’s Witness, requested not to receive donated blood products.

Japan Steel Works has picked Stork as service partner for Western Europe

By Karen Laird
Published: April 14th, 2014

Few things are as important to generating customer loyalty as a professional and reliable after sales service and support network. International suppliers of products of all kinds recognize this and tend to solve the problem by partnering with trusted local partners. A recent example is the cooperation agreement signed by plastics machinery manufacturers Japan Steel Works and Stork, which is, in fact, more or less a formalization of a practice that has existed for some 10 years.

Vehicle recalls prompt attention to supplier warranties

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 11th, 2014

Not long ago I wrote about a report on GM possibly requiring its suppliers to participate financially in any vehicle recalls regardless of whether particular supplier's parts were involved. It got some suppliers to sit up and take notice.

Advanced Molding Technologies doubles capacity; grows medical molding business

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 11th, 2014

A toolmaker and mechanical engineer by training, Brett Nelson was frustrated building molds for someone else and seeing opportunities for improvement being ignored. So, he started a contract molding business, and 20-plus years on, he can take a great deal of satisfaction at having built a thriving company. Advanced Molding Technologies (Circle Pines, MN) has just completed its second expansion in two years, doubling in size to more than 84,000 sq ft. He credits the company's success to a laser-like focus on tooling and engineering and a proactive approach to meeting customer needs.

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