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3D printer combines scanning capability

By Stephen Moore
Published: August 14th, 2014

It's not unusual for a 2D printer to combine the functions of a scanner. This option will soon be available in the 3D realm through development of the Blacksmith Genesis from Singapore-based start-up Blacksmith Group

Sponge-like polymer could repair bone defects

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 14th, 2014

A sponge-like polymer, polycaprolactone (PCL) shows promise as a medical material that can be used to fill gaps in human bone and serve as a scaffold to promote new bone growth. Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates), or the removal of tumors can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. The gaps can dramatically alter a person's appearance when they occur in the head, face, or jaw. The polymer has the potential to improve upon the two most commonly used procedures to repair these bone gaps.

SPE's FOAMS 2014 conference to take place in September

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 14th, 2014

FOAMS 2014, a conference, tutorial, and exhibition sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoplastic Materials & Foams Division, will be held September 8-11 in Iselin, New Jersey. "Polymer foams - both thermoplastics and thermosets - are a growing area as companies continue to look at lightweighting to improve sustainability," notes Maxwell Wingert, conference chair. "Attending this conference is crucial for those who need to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in foams."

New network of three global plastics machinery manufacturers offer products in NAFTA region

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 14th, 2014

The North Italian Plastic Technology (NIP-Tech), a network of three top plastic machinery manufacturers in Italy, and Alliance Automation LLC, a machinery manufacturer and sales representative group in the United States, is representing plastics machinery companies from Italy to the U.S. and Canada.

New cooling masterbatch for greenhouse films cuts down interior temperature in hot regions

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 14th, 2014

In field tests in South Israel, greenhouse films produced with Tosaf's new cooling masterbatch IR8783PE reduced the peak temperature inside a greenhouse tunnel by up to 5°C in comparison with a conventional film containing a light diffuser, the company stated.

Polyurethane: Form meets function

By Lee Salamone
Published: August 14th, 2014

As a young architect, Frank Lloyd Wright worked for Louis Sullivan's architecture firm in Chicago. Sullivan is known for designing some of the earliest skyscrapers using steel-frame constructions. His famous adage, "form follows function," is still used by many architects who recognize the purpose of a building should be the starting point for its design. Wright later evolved the phrase to "form and function are one."

There are enough moldmakers – OEMs need to learn to recognize them!

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 14th, 2014

Earlier in the year a survey showed that the automotive industry had concerns about the lack of mold manufacturers to meet their increasing demand. I wrote a blog about that and since then I've had quite a bit of input from a number of moldmakers on that topic. It seems that, from the mold manufacturers' perspective, there are plenty of good companies capable of being a good supplier to the automotive industry.

Westminster Tool closes the skills gap with Westminster Academy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 14th, 2014

Finding skilled employees for the moldmaking industry isn't easy. Just ask Westminster Tool, a precision mold manufacturer located in Plainfield, CT, specializing in innovative manufacturing solutions in plastics and composites. The company designs and builds molds for the aerospace, medical and industrial markets. After spending $15,000 in nine months on help-wanted ads for skilled moldmakers, Westminster received four applications. Two of those were from individuals who were retired and wanted something to keep them busy part-time.

Lanxess beefs up compounding presence in US

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 13th, 2014

Engineering plastics supplier Lanxess (Cologne, Germany) is expanding its Gastonia, North Carolina, compounding facility by adding a second production line. The expansion represents an investment volume of about $15 million and will double the existing capacity from 20,000 to 40,000 tonnes annually. Construction for the second line is expected to commence in the second half of 2014 with production scheduled to begin in early 2016.

Ewikon and Sumitomo (SHI) Demag to hold Technology Day in September

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 13th, 2014

Ewikon Molding Technologies, together with Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, will host a Technology Day on September 23, 2014, at Ewikon's Technical Center located in Rockford, IL.

The one-day event will feature technical presentations from both companies as well as two molding demonstrations on the new SE100EV all-electric molding machine in Ewikon's Technical Center. 

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