With the growth of the e-commerce channel to get products from distribution points or retail outlets to consumers, brand owners need to rethink how they are packaging bottles and other containers for optimum protection.
The scarcity of medical supplies in poor parts of the world led a doctor to develop a low-cost, plastic stethoscope for clinical use. To his knowledge, it is the first open-source medical device that has been clinically validated.
Pete O’Neill, Executive Director at Cleveland Clinic Innovations and acting CEO of Custom Orthopaedic Solutions (Cleveland, OH), explains how 3D printing is helping his company develop and manufacture patient-specific stents that improve on existing designs.
The Lumina MP800 has a large platen space to tonnage ratio, accepts hot or cold runner molds and processes commodity and engineering grades of thermoplastic materials, including 100% recycled materials.
There is an uptick in U.S. manufacturing, and it is strong, according to Mark Bonifacio, President of Bonifacio Consulting Services (Boston). “But we need to build the next generation of toolmakers if we’re going to remain competitive,” he added.
Mixed material packaging for powdered and pumpable foods and other products in thin-walled PP containers wrapped tightly in a paperboard sleeve printed with high-impact graphics can be easily separated by consumers for recycling.