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The Future Is Now: 3-D Printers Are Poised to Disrupt the Economy

For years we've heard about how 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, has been used in industries that require unique parts and customization like healthcare, military, automotive and aerospace. We've seen an expansion in materials...

source: By Ronnie Richard
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A downward trajectory as we approach the end of the year appeared to characterize the pricing trend for at least four of the five large-volume commodity resins. Going into the second week of November, key drivers were lower cost feedstocks,...

source: Plastics Technology

So far, work on formulating standard Industry4.0 interfaces between devices and computers has focused on injection molding. But this week saw publication of seven Release Candidates on extrusion.

source: Plastics Technology

Plastic, as a material, isn’t the enemy. It’s durable and cheap to produce and has much use beyond the initial bags and straws. It’s also a vital material in the developing world. So completely getting rid of plastic is not the way to go. It might backfire...

source: Forbes

Many of the data series that measure the important activity levels for both the U.S. manufacturing sector and the plastics industry continue to register improvement at a rate that is solid yet also sustainable for the foreseeable future.

source: Plastics News

Congress will have at least one more plastics executive in office, voters in Chicago favored banning plastic straws in a non-binding vote and Democratic control of the U.S. House and gains in state governments could change the landscape on some plastics issues. The 2018...

source: Plastics News

Scientists have discovered a novel method to synthesize furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) in a high yield from a glucose derivative of non-food plant cellulose, paving the way for replacing petroleum-derived terephthalic acid with...

source: Hokkaido University via Phys.org


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