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From beer to bone regeneration

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 25th, 2014

So, Homer Simpson was on to something when he opined that beer was the cause—and solution—to all of life's problems. Researchers in Madrid have developed materials made from beer-brewing residue that can be used as scaffolds for bone regeneration. It turns out that bagasse, a waste byproduct of the brewing process, is chockfull of phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, and silica, which are the main chemical components found in bone.

Polyurethane technology to cut refrigerator energy use named a Best of the Best LIFE project

By Tim Somheil
Published: June 25th, 2014

The ENERG-ICE project was led by the Dow Polyurethanes R&D team in Italy in partnership with Cannon Group companies, Afros and Crios, as well as Federchimica, and co-funded by the European Community.

Velocity Equipment launches all-electric quick-change reciprocating blow mold machine

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 25th, 2014

Packaging machinery supplier Velocity Equipment Solutions has announced the completion of two new technologies for the extrusion blowmolding of HDPE containers. The creation of the new technologies completes a three-year R&D effort carried out in close cooperation with Velocity's client Nampak Plastics Europe Limited, a producer of dairy bottles in the United Kingdom. 

Medical materials database integrates extensive neurological device data

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 25th, 2014

Medical device designers developing neurological products now can avail themselves of a comprehensive database that compiles materials used in these devices, combining engineering material properties and biomedical response data with neurological applications.

Infiltrator Systems installs world’s largest low-pressure injection molding machine

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 25th, 2014

The world's largest low-pressure injection molding machine, designed and constructed by Infiltrator Systems at the company's Winchester, KY, manufacturing facility, took five months to engineer and nine months to build. However, today the machine is producing the Infiltrator IM 1530 Septic Tank product line being molded in a mold designed and built by Franchino Mold and Engineering of Lansing, MI. The mold installed in the press weighs 420,000 lbs. and molds a 15-foot long, 245-lb. polypropylene tank half, which the company claims is the world's largest molded part.

Optomec offers ability to add laser deposition capability to any CNC machine tool

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 25th, 2014

Optomec, a privately-held supplier of additive manufacturing systems including its patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D printers for metal components, unveiled its latest innovation: the LENS Print Engine solution. The LENS Print Engine, a modularized version of the LENS 3D Printing system for metals, can be integrated with standard metal cutting machine tools to easily deploy additive manufacturing as a part of existing production infrastructures.

Nano-acrylic-elastomer combination delivers clear vision in motorcycle racing

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 24th, 2014

Round seven of the 2014 World Superbike Championship took place at Misano in Italy June 22, where Tom Sykes notched his third double victory of the 2014 World Superbike Championship series. The British world champion 2013 from the Kawasaki official team rode his superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R equipped with a new windshield made of ShieldUp PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) sheet from Altuglas.

My Fly: Futuristic medical device, or flight of fancy?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 24th, 2014

It may look like something out of Inspector Gadget, but the My Fly device imagined by an aspiring UK engineer is, in fact, one of five finalists in the Make It Wearable challenge launched by Intel Corp.

Resin pricing: PP contracts declining $.03/lb; PE rolling flat

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 24th, 2014

The commodity resin markets continued to see heightened activity during the week of June 16-20, but as for spot pricing - well, The Plastics Exchange reported another uneventful week and so, "steady as she goes." June polyethylene contracts are rolling flat once again, while polypropylene contracts are declining $.03/lb this month. Higher world oil prices have encouraged international resin traders to again look to North America for well-priced supply.

GE Global Technology Director: 3D printing is laying foundation for next industrial revolution

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 24th, 2014

"Manufacturing is evolving at a pace we have not seen for 60 years. The next industrial revolution is here," proclaims GE's Christine Furstoss, Global Technology Director, Manufacturing & Materials. But the revolution won't achieve its full potential unless manufacturers rethink some basic assumptions, she adds.

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