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Ultralight—and ultrastiff—materials fabricated using 3D printing technology

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 23rd, 2014

It's the Muhammad Ali of materials, floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL; Livermore, CA) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, MA) have developed a material with the same weight and density as aerogel—a material so light it's called "frozen smoke"—with 10,000 times greater stiffness.

Microbes to the rescue in marine plastic pollution?

By Karen Laird
Published: June 23rd, 2014

"Epiplastic microbiota," says a new study from the University of Western Australia, are an important force affecting the fate of marine plastic pollution. PhD candidate Julia Reisser and colleagues have published an article in the international journal PLOS One, in which they describe an "epiplastic community" successfully living off the plastic debris floating around in the oceans of Australia.

American Precision Prototyping gets plastic bottle carriers to the 2014 FIFA World Cup on spec and on time

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2014

Contractors building Brazil's much-needed infrastructure to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup famously played fast and loose with deadlines. The folks at American Precision Prototyping (APP; Tulsa, OK) did not have that luxury when they were tasked with meeting a 30-day deadline for designing, molding, decorating, and shipping more than 150 impact-resistant polyurethane carriers for POWERADE drink bottles to the games. The company's design and build teams turned to a combination of advanced technologies and materials to turn around this project for the Coca Cola Co.

Chrysler: The 'decision driver' for material selection is volume

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 23rd, 2014

At the recent Thermoplastic Composites Conference for Automotive held in Novi, MI, in conjunction with amerimold, Mike Shinedling, advanced engineering manager for Street Racing Technology (SRT) and program manager for Chrysler's Viper, noted that vehicle was "born to be a rival of the Shelby Cobra." The Viper has a carbon fiber and aluminum body, and also has applications for composites and thermoplastics.

Cereplast assets acquired by Trellis Earth Products

By Karen Laird
Published: June 23rd, 2014

Trellis Earth Products, a leading maker of bioplastic bags and food service disposables headquartered in Portland, OR, will pay $2.6 million for substantially all of Cereplast's assets including production equipment, patents, inventory, and trademarks, plus pay certain contract cure costs, as part of Cereplast's Chapter 7 liquidation proceedings. Cereplast's petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy was approved at the end of March by an Indiana bankruptcy court. Now, United States Bankruptcy Judge Basil H.

BASF doubles China engineering plastics compounding capacity; largest site in Asia Pacific

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 23rd, 2014

BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) has undertaken three capacity expansion projects for performance materials at its Pudong site in Shanghai, China for polyamide (PA), polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) and thermoplastics polyurethane elastomers (TPUs). The company has also undertaken an expansion of its microcellular polyurethane components capacity.

Survey reveals what patients think about medical device manufacturers

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 20th, 2014

Growing patient empowerment has produced a profound shift in the way that the medical device industry conducts business. Used to interacting almost exclusively with medical professionals, the medical sector, unlike the pharmaceutical industry, has been able to maintain an arm's-length relationship with patients. That is changing, as individuals take on a more assertive role in their healthcare decisions and educate themselves about the medical treatments that are available to them, and the devices that facilitate them.

To "stay competitive," medical device company moves manufacturing from China to South Carolina

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 20th, 2014

When it was founded 12 years ago, Rhythmlink International LLC manufactured medical devices to manage epilepsy and related disorders exclusively in China. Now, it is expanding its design and distribution headquarters in Columbia, SC, and will move some manufacturing to the United States for the first time. The $1.4 million investment is expected to create an additional 50 new jobs over the next five years.

Plastics industry takes leadership role in building Florida’s manufacturing industry

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 20th, 2014

The plastics industry is leading the way in building a strong manufacturing economy in Florida with Maruka USA and 5 Nines Automation taking the leadership role. The companies recently hosted a panel discussion between legislators and local business leaders that focused on what steps should be taken to stimulate manufacturing growth in the state and educate the next generation of workers needed to support this industry.

Permanent surface coating prevents fogging

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 19th, 2014

When it comes to fogged up car windows, the best way to keep a clear view seems to be by wiping the water droplets away constantly or having coatings that prevent the water from sticking to the glass. However, scientists at A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) in Singapore have discovered that doing just the opposite - collecting the water to create a uniform, thin, transparent layer - actually helps produce a better, clearer view.

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