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Year: 2015

The Climate is Right For Bioplastics

With more and more attention focused on the effects of climate change, interest in bioplastics — which are produced from renewable biomass materials such as plant starch and vegetable fat — has grown considerably. Bioplastics can also be produced from recycled traditional plastics, which although based on petroleum, don’t add to climate change.  Why? Because…

Filed Under:Plastic Injection Molding News

Additive Manufacturing is Taking Over Plastic Injection Molding

Just when you thought it was safe to use the term “3D printing”, along comes “additive manufacturing”, which seems to be the current buzzword of choice among academic researchers around the world, including the UK. But really, we’re talking about the same technology, which heretofore has mostly been applied to building prototypes and turning out…

Filed Under:Plastic Injection Molding for Small Parts

How To Make Prototypes That Are Just Your Type!

Even if 3D printing eventually usurps plastic injection molding — and that’s a BIG if — prototypes will continue to play an indispensable role in the production of plastic parts. Why?  Simply put, prototypes are crucial to several steps which precede the actual production of parts. These include communications, engineering studies, market studies (to evaluate…

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New Dimension in Plastic Medical Parts Production

A new dimension is coming to medical device manufacturing — a third dimension, if you will.  It’s the marriage of 3D printing and plastic injection-molded medical devices, and it’s revolutionizing the entire med-tech industry. The reason is simple: production time. Now engineers can design a medical part in an application like SolidWorks one day, 3D print…

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Strong Sales Seen For Rigid Plastic

You’ve probably seen them dozens, if not hundreds of times,  in your refrigerator or elsewhere around the house:  those stiff, usually dark-colored plastic trays and bulk packaging containers, holding food or beverages, toys or other consumer goods. These items are made of the aptly-named Rigid Plastic, usually high-density polyethylene, which has become one of the…

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