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ExOne completes new European headquarters in Germany; opens production service center in Italy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 15th, 2014

The ExOne Company, a global provider of 3D printing machines and printed products to industrial customers, announced that the company has begun transitioning into its newly completed European headquarters facility in Gershofen, Germany, located in the district of Augsburg.

New 3D-printing technology fabricates resorbable beads for smart implants

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 15th, 2014

In another medtech first for 3D printing, researchers at Louisiana Tech University (Ruston, LA) have developed a method for using consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants embedded with antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds. Doctoral students and research faculty from Louisiana Tech's biomedical engineering and nanosystems engineering programs collaborated to create filament extruders that can make medical-quality 3D-printing filaments.

Structural PET foam cores to be introduced at Orlando show

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

Structural polyethylene terephthalate (PET) foam cores used in sandwich constructions in the transportation and building and construction fields will be exhibited at CAMX 2014, the Composite and Advanced Materials Expo, to be held October 14-16 in Orlando, Fl, by Armacell Benelux (Thimister-Clermont, Belgium). Representatives of the supplier will also deliver two presentations on the company's ArmaFORM PET foam core products at the co-located conference running October 13-16.

Lights, camera, Legos!

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 14th, 2014

Is there anything you can't make with those little molded ABS bricks from Lego? There must be a few things, but the you-killed-the-car scene from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and that chilling sequence from "The Shining," when tricycle boy first encounters the twins in a corridor of the Overlook Hotel, are not among them.

Be prepared: The auditors are coming

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 12th, 2014

When I last wrote about the European Commission's recommendation that Notified Bodies perform unannounced audits of medical device manufacturers along with their critical subcontractors and crucial suppliers, there was a fair amount of curiosity about how this would play out.

Plenty of opportunities in the Chinese packaging market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 12th, 2014

When I've traveled to China to attend the Chinaplas show, something always sticks out to me: the market is hungry for new packaging. The country has seen a fast development in packaging market size, with projections that it will only continue to grow. In fact, a report by Smithers Pira claims that by 2020, the China's foodservice packaging market will be bigger than that of the U.S.

This growth is due to a transition from its traditional shops to a more Western-style supermarkets and packaged foods.

The Watch that whimpered?

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 12th, 2014

After many months of speculation, the Apple Watch is here . . . kind of. The device was launched with the usual Cupertino fanfare on Tuesday, but you can't actually buy it yet—the Watch won't be available to consumers until the early part of 2015. And when it does show up at your friendly neighborhood Apple store, will you want to buy it? The starting price is $349, and, for full functionality, the Apple Watch will need to be connected to an iPhone via Bluetooth. So much for convergence.

Delivering quality materials for the road ahead

By Pierre Juan
Published: September 11th, 2014

In the world of automobile design and innovation, material suppliers are often overlooked. The honors and admiration for brilliantly designed and manufactured vehicles are rightly bestowed upon the automobile designers and brands. However, material suppliers play a vital role in helping to bring to fruition the ideas and design innovations automobile companies create. After all, the best designs are futile efforts if there is not a material available that can enable their creation.

Plastics gaining more acceptance in closures market

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 11th, 2014

A new market study from Ceresana has analyzed the European market for closures, taking a closer look at applications such as lemonades, water, fruit juices, beer, wine & spirits, along with cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. In the recently published study, the market researchers forecast European demand for these every day products to rise to about 460 billion units by 2021.

European plastics groups take a recycling pledge

By Heather Caliendo
Published: September 11th, 2014

The UK is not messing around when it comes to increasing recycling. In 2012, the UK announced plans to increase recycling from 32% in 2012 to 57% by 2017.

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