SPE Industry Update
Jul. 10, 2013

What technical professionals need to know about the America Invents Act — Part 1
By Moris Amon
On Sept. 19, 2011, the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Leahy America Invents Act. Although this law did not attract much public attention among the hot political issues of the day, it will have a profound effect on America's technological future — and, probably, on most of the readers of this newsletter. This series of articles will outline the changes brought by this law, for the benefit of nonlawyers.More

How to fabricate porous artificial bone by injection molding
SPE Plastics Research Online
Bone defects caused by trauma or tumors are very common. Traditional treatments for bone defects include grafts, but these have considerable problems, such as the suitability of the affected site, the availability of donated bone, and the risks of infection or rejection by the immune system. To get around this, tissue engineering applies methods from materials engineering and life sciences to create artificial constructs for in situ regeneration of the patient's own tissue.More

HDPE, PP resin prices inch up in month of June
Plastics News
Supply issues led North American prices for polypropylene and high density polyethylene resin to climb in June. PP prices moved up an average of 3 cents per pound, as three companies now have reported production challenges. HDPE prices got nudged up an average of 2 cents per pound as a result of supply issues on both the resin and feedstock sides, and stronger demand.More

K show-related items from BASF, Bayer MaterialScience featured
Plastics News
VideoBriefK show-related items from BASF SE and Bayer MaterialScience are featured in this Material Insights video. Also featured is news of Pinnacle Polymers' declaration of force majeure on PP production, as well as news that Italian compounder So.F.Ter Group would spend almost $12 million to build its first U.S. plant.More

This bendable printing filament lets you make clear, flexible straps and bands
Kai Parthy is a German engineer who creates odd printing filaments for 3-D printers. His previous projects, LayWoo-d3 and Laybrick, are two non-warping plastics that offer wood and brick-like consistencies when extruded.More

What technical professionals need to know about the America Invents Act — Part 1
By Moris Amon
On Sept. 19, 2011, the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Leahy America Invents Act. This law will have a profound effect on America's technological future — and, probably, on most of the readers of this newsletter.More

Can manufacturing push past uncertainty?
The path to prosperity has been littered with economic obstacles in 2013, but economists expect growth to pick up soon and U.S. manufacturers to benefit from a changing energy picture.More

Plastic can mirrors benefits of canned food packaging
Food Production Daily
RPC Containers Corby has launched a plastic container designed to offer benefits traditionally associated with can packaging. More

3-D printing: The future of the car industry?
Auto Express
Printers with multiple heads allow for greater flexibility. They can use different materials in each nozzle to, for example, build up a tail-light assembly in one piece, weave stronger brittle materials with weaker elastic elements for greater flexibility in bumpers, or use a water-soluble spacer material to pad out voids within an intricate structure. More

Laser welding of white polymer components
Industrial Laser Solutions for Manufacturing
Laser welding of polymers is now a well-established method for joining plastic parts. The process is a precise and contactless technology that releases no particles, such as those experienced in ultrasonic welding or solvents in the gluing process, and traces of these processes on the surface of the components are avoided.More

3-D-printed foot brings back duck's waddle
CBS News
VideoBriefWith a little bit of silicon and a 3-D printer, Buttercup the duck is now waddling around Feathered Angels Sanctuary. When Buttercup hatched on Nov. 12, 2012 his left foot was turned backwards. Employees at the Arlington, Tenn., waterfowl sanctuary had the innovative idea to create a prosthetic foot for the duck. More

BASF establishes development platform for composites
Plastics Today
Starting in October, BASF will offer its customers a product and service package under the name Ultracom that encompasses thermoplastic laminates and tapes combined with compounds for overmolding as well as a comprehensive engineering support component. The goal is to provide an integrated development platform that starts at the concept phase, continues through design, simulation, processing and part testing, and ends in efficient volume production at the customer.More

Plastic electronics made easy
Scientists have discovered a way to better exploit a process that could revolutionize the way that electronic products are made. The scientists from Imperial College London say improving the industrial process, which is called crystallization, could revolutionize the way we produce electronic products, leading to advances across a whole range of fields; including reducing the cost and improving the design of plastic solar cells. More

Automotive industry to boost Mexico's engineering plastics market
Business News Americas
The engineering plastics market in Mexico is forecast to grow to $1.67 billion in 2017 from $1.24 billioin in 2012, according to recent research. More

Chinese lantern ignites plastic items at recycling factory
Plastics & Rubber Weekly
The West Midlands Fire Service has release CCTV footage that reveals how the Jayplas recycling plant became engulfed in flames. The video clearly shows a small Chinese lantern dropping from the sky, which the emergency services have identified as the cause of the massive blaze that caused an estimated $7.7 million worth of damage and destroyed some 100,000 tons of plastic recyclate.More

Solar-powered plane comprised of plastic materials flies final leg of US coast-to-coast crossing
European Plastics News
Solar Impulse, a solar-powered airplane made with plastic and composite components, made the trek to New York from Dulles airport in Virginia for the fifth and final leg of its Across America flights. The journey across the country began May 3 in San Francisco, as part of a drive to promote energy efficiency and clean technologies.More

QuakeWrap awarded grant for joint-less pipe manufacturing concept
Reinforced Plastics
QuakeWrap Inc has been awarded a $150,000 Small Business Innovative Research Grant from the National Science Foundation to further develop the InfinitPipe™, which is said to allow onsite manufacturing of pipes without any joint. The system was developed by Dr. Mo Ehsani, president of QuakeWrap, a supplier of fibre reinforced polymer products for repair and strengthening of structures.More

UK aims to double plastic recycling by 2017
Waste Management World
The U.K. must boost the collection of waste plastics and improve its producer responsibly system of Packaging Recovery Notes and Packaging Export Recovery Notes in order to double its plastic recycling rate by 2017, according to speakers at the recent 16th International Conference on Recycling of Plastics.More