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Linear announced plans to double 3D metal printing capacity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

Linear Mold & Engineering announced at RAPID 2014 and Amerimold the company's plans to expand its 24,000 sq-ft Livonia, MI headquarters by 17,000 sq-ft. This expansion will make room for eight more DMLM machines, a dedicated training center plus expanded finishing and tooling operations. Two of the DMLM machines are to be delivered in two weeks. 

Linear's expansion will include the following enhancements to their current capabilities:

Whale pumps 3D prints molds; cuts lead times by up to 97%

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

Additive manufacturing for the building of mold cores and cavities has been slow to catch on, however, it is seeing some forward movement as 3D printing technology advances. Stratasys Ltd., a global solutions provider in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, announced that Whale, a leading manufacturer of water and heating systems for mobile applications, has slashed its lead times for the production of injection mold tools for prototype parts by up to 97% since introducing Stratasys printing into its tooling process.

3D printing: Nissan Skyline transforming into Aston Martin DB4

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 8th, 2014

The accessibility of 3D printing continues to drive a backyard that is making the most of engineering ingenuity. The latest example I’ve come across is a fellow kiwi back in my hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, who is, in between moving houses, slowly but surely building up his dream car, an Aston Martin DB4.

Direct 3D-printed silicone parts get face time

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 8th, 2014

Design bureau Fripp Design and Research (Sheffield, UK) has developed a 3D printer that directly prints silicone, the first of its kind, according to company co-founder Steve Roberts. The technology has the potential to dramatically expand the frontier of prosthetics fabrication, and that's just for starters.

Global competitiveness through local value

By Patrick Gerard
Published: June 6th, 2014

"The year 2030: The long-standing division of the world in the three markets of Europe, America and Asia is dissolved. There is a fully integrated world market with globalized product segments."

PendaForm expanding Bluffton, IN thermoforming plant

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 6th, 2014

PendaForm Co., formerly Fabri-Form, is expanding its Bluffton, IN, facility that is anticipated to add 50 new jobs and potentially up to $4 million new investments to the Wells County, IN economy. Work began earlier this year and is expected to be in full production later this year.

CarbonLite signs equipment contracts for Texas PET recycling facility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 6th, 2014

CarbonLite Recycling has signed contracts for the supply of primary process equipment that will be installed in its new plastic recycling facility in Abilene, TX. 

Hillary Clinton visits injection molding manufacturer in Colorado

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: June 6th, 2014

Earlier this week, former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Intertech Plastics, the largest custom injection molding manufacturer in Colorado. Clinton met with local business and non-profit leaders, as well as, several current and former trainees from Intertech's workforce development programs to highlight the benefits for businesses providing training, mentoring and hiring initiatives to young people. Clinton also spoke with employees on the factory floor about their workforce experiences and their career pathways through their training initiatives.

Polymer Resources celebrates 40 years of helping plastics processors be successful

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 6th, 2014

A successful company is one that believes making its customers successful is job no. 1. That is the mantra of Polymer Resources, which tags itself as the "Leader in Classic Engineering Plastic Compounds." The company was founded in 1974 on those principles that continue to drive the company today that include the flexibility of a small resin supplier with the depth of a large resin supplier.

Nano-reinforced compounds enable use of single-layer extrusions in catheter applications

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 6th, 2014

New radiopaque compounds developed by materials supplier Foster Corp. (Putnam, CT) are reinforced with nanoparticles to improve pushability of thin-wall catheters. The LoPro Plus compounds allow for extrusion of single-layer tubes with the radiopacity and strength properties of conventional two-layer tubes. Consequently, medical device manufacturers can reduce material and inventory costs when compared with standard two-layer constructions.

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