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EFESTO and RPM Innovations announce global strategic partnership in metal 3D printing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 17th, 2014

EFESTO LLC is a rapidly growing enterprise committed to engineering an industrial revolution in the field of 3D printing of metals and metal composites. Formed under Vania Services LLC, which specializes in delivering additive manufacturing solutions to the global marketplace, the primary technology currently being implemented at EFESTO is 3D metal printing with Laser Metal Deposition (LMD).

KraussMaffei delivers high-end multicomponent machine to French market

By Karen Laird
Published: June 17th, 2014

KraussMaffei received a milestone order in the French market when the France-based Texen Group (Groupe Texen), one of the largest global manufacturers of plastic packaging for cosmetic and perfume products, decided to switch to a KraussMaffei machine. "Texen was looking for a partner who could deliver an injection molding machine with outstanding application flexibility," explained Jacques Socquet, president of the subsidiary of the KraussMaffei Group in France. KraussMaffei was happy to comply.

Medtronic-Covidien deal: Medtech follows lead of technology companies seeking offshore tax breaks

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 17th, 2014

Irish and shareholder eyes may be smiling at the prospect of medtech giant Medtronic acquiring Covidien and moving its headquarters to Ireland, where Covidien is based, but the $42.9 billion deal is causing at least a few frowns, as well. Minneapolis-based Medtronic is the largest U.S. company to try to change its tax domicile through what the financial community calls an inversion, reports the New York Times.

World's first thermoplastic composite wheel: polyetherimide/carbon fiber combination

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 16th, 2014

Sabic, Kringlan Composites (Otelfingen, Switzerland) and other industry partners are working to further advance the development of the world's first thermoplastic composite wheel. The wheel leverages the properties of Sabic's polyetherimide (PEI) resin and Kringlan's three-dimensional composite design capabilities to create a material solution that can be used to replace heavier traditional materials, such as metal and aluminum alloy.

Cleveland State University receives grant to expand additive manufacturing research

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 16th, 2014

Cleveland State University's Washkewicz College of Engineering and Rapid Prototype + manufacturing (rp+m) have partnered in a workforce development effort, and received a $293,000 grant from the Ohio Board of Regents in support of the college's Workforce Development Equipment and Faculty Program in Additive Manufacturing.

RAPID 2014: A showcase for innovation and creativity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 16th, 2014

Todd Grimm, president of T.A. Grimm & Associates, provided an introductory overview at RAPID 2014 of all the latest and greatest in 3D printing innovations, and encouraged attendees to visit those companies exhibiting at the show to see for themselves these exciting new products.

Italian biorefinery project Matrìca inaugurated: New green chemistry complex officially open

By Karen Laird
Published: June 16th, 2014

The official inauguration of the first of the green chemistry plants at the new Matrìca complex took place on Monday at Porto Torres, on the island of Sardinia. Matrìca is a 50:50 joint venture between Versalis, the leading Italian manufacturer of petrochemical products, and Novamont, a major Italian manufacturer of bioplastics sector.

Lubrizol introduces flame-retardant medical-grade TPUs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 16th, 2014

The LifeScience Polymers business of materials company Lubrizol Corp. (Wickliffe, OH) has introduced what it is calling the first medical-grade thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) with flame-retardant properties. The company introduced the product to the North American market at the recently concluded Medical Design & Manufacturing Exhibition and Conference in New York City.

3D printing a big participant in the revival of manufacturing

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 16th, 2014

Excitement is always the buzzword at SME's RAPID conference and trade show, and this year was exceptionally exciting. With the buzz about 3D printing, aka additive manufacturing (AM), filling the manufacturing media headlines over the past year with new applications and innovative developments, RAPID 2014 last week was the pinnacle of that media attention.

China biggest robot market in 2013

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 15th, 2014

In 2013, about 179,000 industrial robots were sold worldwide, representing an all-time high and 12 percent growth over 2012. And China, faced with skyrocketing labor costs, overtook Japan to become the world's largest market, with almost 37,000 industrial robots were sold.

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