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How will first FDA-approved 3D-printed facial implant affect industry?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 27th, 2014

Earlier this month, Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM; South Windsor, CT) received 510(k) clearance from FDA for its 3D-printed OsteoFab Patient-Specific Facial Device (OPSFD). It is the first and, thus far, only 3D-printed polymeric implant for facial indications cleared by FDA, says OPM. The announcement follows FDA clearance in February 2013 of OPM's OsteoFab Patient-Specific Cranial Device.

RTM machines offer research institute utmost flexibility

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

The Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology (ILK) in Dresden, Germany recently commissioned two high-pressure resin transfer molding (HD-RTM) dosing units from Frimo (Lotte, Germany) that feature enhanced flexibility to carry out a variety of processing tasks. Respectively, the two new units allow epoxides and polyurethane resins to be processed in combination with endless-filament reinforcement into high-performance fiber composite components.

Retiring Baby Boomers contribute to the moldmaking skills gap

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 26th, 2014

The graying of America's moldmakers didn't just happen overnight. We've been aware for quite some time that in 2011 the leading edge of the Baby Boomer generation would turn 65 and the retirement migration would begin. That has a lot of implications for manufacturing.

New orders for durable goods hit record high

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 26th, 2014

It seems that "summer slump" is just an illusion as the U.S. Census Bureau reports that new orders for manufactured durable goods in July increased $55.3 billion or 22.6% to $300.1 billion. This increase, up five of the last six months, was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis in 1992, and followed a 2.7% June increase. However, take transportation out of the mix, and new orders decreased 0.8%.

Transportation equipment, up 10 of the last 11 months, drove the increase, up $56.6 billion or 74.2% to $133.0 billion.

Annual sales of products made using MuCell extrusion technology exceeds $100 million

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 26th, 2014

MuCell Extrusion is finally coming into its own as an in-demand technology for producing extruded plastic products. For the first time in the company's history, the sale of plastic extrusion products made using MuCell Extrusion technology has exceeded $100 million in sales over a 12-month period, according to Mark Lindenfelzer, president of MuCell Extrusion.

Emerging medical LSR molding technology enables single-step process, improved product functionality

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: August 26th, 2014

Molded capillary tubing used in a range of medical and diagnostic applications, including drug delivery, is typically fabricated from thermoplastics. The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University, both located in Aachen, Germany, are exploring a process that would optimize the micromolding of tubing with integrated functional features using liquid silicone rubber (LSR). The technology could offer a better alternative to thermoplastics, say researchers.

Dyna-Purge introduces new purge compound for a wide range of applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

Shuman Plastics has introduced its new Dyna-Purge D2, a technology that reportedly enables users to purge more plastics with just one product. The new Dyna-Purge D2 delivers ease of use through its scrubbing formulation and wider processing temperature range, making it an ideal for injection, extrusion, compounding and blowmolding applications.

According to Dyna-Purge VP Tim Cutler, the new purge compound is "able to do the heavy lifting other commercial purging compounds can't handle."

Sealed Air uses Cardia compostable films for new PakNatural biodegradable cushion bags

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

Sealed Air will use Cardia compostable films for its new PakNatural biodegradable cushion bags. The PakNatural biodegradable cushion bag is a moldable cushioning bag made from renewable materials that is certified biodegradable and compostable. 

KOPLAS 2015 to showcase plastic technology innovations in South Korea

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 26th, 2014

"Plastics, Join the World" is the theme of KOPLAS 2015, which will be held from March 10 to 14 at the KINTEX Exhibition Center in Goyang, South Korea. Organized by Korea E & Ex Inc. and Korea Plastics Processing Machine Industry Cooperative, the event is designed to showcase innovations and technologies shaping the plastics industry in South Korea and beyond.

Bayer MaterialScience dreams of expanding range of CO2-based plastics

By Karen Laird
Published: August 26th, 2014

When in 2009 Bayer MaterialScience started exploring ways to make it possible to use CO2 as a raw material to make plastics, it named the project "Dream Reactions." The researchers working on the project knew that CO2 could be used to replace, at least in part, the use of oil - the trick was finding the catalyst that would make this 'dream' reaction come true.

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