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Parx Plastics launches biomimetic solution for antimicrobial plastics in mass production

By Karen Laird
Published: September 15th, 2014

Rotterdam-based Parx Plastics has announced the launch of its first ready to use Saniconcentrates for manufacturers in Europe and the U.S. to safely create self-sanitizing products with an antibacterial property of up to 99% within 24 hours.

The technology developed by Parx Plastics is the world's first antimicrobial solution without toxins or chemicals. It does not use chemicals such as Triclosan or heavy metals such as silver, nor does it use biocides, Nano-particles, quaternary salts or any other harmful substances.

Implant-grade silicone gel delivers softness, cohesive strength via crosslink technology

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: September 15th, 2014

Applied Silicone Corp. (Santa Paula, CA), a global supplier of long-term implantable silicones, has introduced a high-strength, responsive silicone gel for the implantable medical device market. The Dual Matrix Gel System incorporates crosslink technology to produce a silicone gel with fracture resistance, cohesive strength, and adhesion. The Dual Matrix technology consists of two crosslinked networks working in tandem to retain a balance of softness and cohesive strength.

German RepRap adds 3D printer with extra-large build space to product line

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: September 15th, 2014

German RepRap (Feldkirchen, Germany) will introduce a new large-build-volume 3D printer at the forthcoming Euromold trade show in Frankfurt, Germany. The professional series printer—the company has not yet decided on the product's official name—uses fused filament fabrication technology, aka fused deposition modeling, and boasts a build tray measuring 1000 X 800 X 600 mm. Suited for producing model or functional prototypes as well as mold prints, it is intended for users who want to print large objects or a number of smaller ones in parallel.

KraussMaffei Berstorff sees the plastic profile market recovering in Europe

By Tim Somheil
Published: September 15th, 2014

"We are noting an improved project situation both in the established markets in Central and Eastern Europe, but also from up-and-coming markets such as South America and the Near and Middle East," noted Peter Oswald, head of product management at the Munich-based company.

Oswald also noted stronger demand for complete systems. In addition to providing individual machines, the company has been developing complete extrusion systems for processing PVC into window profiles, as well as for processing polyolefin for technical profiles.

Westminster Tool host open house to showcase capabilities

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 15th, 2014

Westminster Tool Inc. will host an open house on Friday, September 19, at the company's Plainfield, CT, facility to showcase its key strategic investments that have allowed Westminster to provide its unique business philosophy, 'Bridging the Gap Between Concept & Production,' to OEM and contract manufacturing customers.

Plastics supplier and LED manufacturer collaborate to boost commercial lighting uniformity

By Tim Somheil
Published: September 15th, 2014

Commercial LED lighting offers inherently high energy efficiency and reliability benefits. New developments are also seeking to provide commercial users with increased optical efficiency and better light uniformity.

Intematix Corporation, manufacturer of phosphor solutions for LED lighting, collaborated with SABIC's Innovative Plastics business to create the ChromaLit Linear LED for the lighting industry. The LED uses SABIC's Lexan Lux resins.

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.

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