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3-D printing taking center stage in additive manufacturing
By Don Rosato
The recent Euromold conference put 3-D printing center stage in the field of additive manufacturing. But what is additive manufacturing, and how is it applied? Additive manufacturing is a process of joining materials to make objects from 3-D model data, usually in successive layers, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. The parts produced can be models, prototypes, tooling components and, increasingly, series production parts. And 3-D printing technology is the fastest growing segment of additive manufacturing.
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Toughening epoxy thermosetting polymer
SPE Plastics Research Online
Petroleum-based plastics are used broadly as they offer a wide range of useful properties. However, the growing awareness of environmental issues is causing increased interest in materials that can be obtained from renewable resources. Polylactide, a biobased polymer, is the main candidate able to replace the petroleum-based plastics in many applications. Moreover, being biodegradable and compostable, PLA can reduce the amount of plastic waste.
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European Parliament passes resolution banning hazardous plastics
Business Standard
The European Parliament has passed a resolution seeking a ban on the most hazardous plastics and certain plastic bags by 2020, as part of the European Union strategy to reduce plastic waste in the environment. Members of European Parliament also urged the EU to introduce binding plastic waste recycling targets.
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More plastics competition coming from China to US
Plastics News
It would not surprise most people to learn that imports of plastics from China into the United States have been increasing. After all, why should plastics be different than other goods, almost all of which seem to come increasingly from China? For those involved in the plastics industry, however, both the magnitude of the increase and the reasons underlying it are worthy of attention.
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3-D printing taking center stage in additive manufacturing
By Don Rosato
The recent Euromold conference put 3-D printing center stage in the field of additive manufacturing. But what is additive manufacturing, and how is it applied? Additive manufacturing is a process of joining materials to make objects from 3-D model data, usually in successive layers, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies.

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Production ramps up for 1st phosphorous polymer
Plastics Today
A new plastic developed by a Massachusetts company is exiting the developmental stage this year and going prime time as a full-scale production plant comes on line in Antwerp, Belgium.

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Plastic replaces metal in car engine
Design News
Ford has replaced brazed metal manifold components in two new V6 engines with DuPont's Zytel HTN PPA resin, saving 1 lb. in weight and $1 in cost per engine.

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New technology makes plastic out of carbon pollution
Climate Progress
What if we could stop making plastic out of oil, and start making it out of carbon pollution floating around in the atmosphere? It's a particularly intriguing idea, posed recently in a report from sustainable business website Triple Pundit on a company called Newlight Technologies. The company's mission, as stated on its website, is to replace oil-based plastics with so-called "air-based plastics" on an unprecedented global scale. In doing so, the company hopes to "stabilize and end climate change."
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Nanotechnology to help recover leftover oil
The Daily Fusion
Two new research projects are receiving funding from the Research Council of Norway to develop nanoparticles that can dislodge leftover oil that remains trapped in reservoirs after conventional recovery has been completed. Every percentage point of enhanced oil recovery rate represents billions in revenues.
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Injection molding: New twists for a mainstream technology
Design News
When it comes to manufacturing technologies, the choices are many and their number seems to grow daily. They include machining, laser cutting, water cutting, stamping, die casting, and various forms of 3D printing. Despite its age — well over 100 years — injection molding is still a "go-to" technology for producing plastic parts. No other technology offers as wide a selection of materials, and the cost per part plummets once a mold has been made.
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Study: Recycling stream can handle up to 10 percent compostable plastics
Plastics News
Small amounts of compostable plastics have no impact on the mechanical performance of post-consumer recycled plastics, according to study published by a trade group that represents the bioplastics sector.
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Cheap gasoline and plastics, produced from cheap and abundant natural gas, is almost here
Extreme Tech
Siluria, after five years of research, seems to have finally stumbled across a cheap method of converting natural gas into gasoline. Because natural gas is much more abundant and less in demand than crude oil, it's only one fifth of the price — about $20 for the natural gas equivalent of a $100 barrel of crude. After Siluria's conversion process, it may be possible to halve the price of gasoline and other oil-derived products (commodity chemicals, plastics). The best bit: Due to Siluria's rather unique research methods, it has no idea why or how its process works — only that it appears to work rather well.
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Insert-molded side airbag cover is industry first
Plastics Today
The insert-molded side airbag cover mounted in the front seat of the 2013 Ford Fusion incorporates several design innovations. The bracket/cover assembly is designed to be both the mounting surface for the seat side airbag as well as be integral to both performance and cosmetic function.
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Bisphenol A: EFSA consults on assessment of risks to human health
Plastics Engineering
EFSA is launching a public consultation on its draft assessment of the human health risks posed by exposure to bisphenol A (BPA). The Authority has undertaken a comprehensive review of scientific literature and previous risk assessments from expert bodies on BPA.
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Coffee capsule molds benefit from HRS Multitech technology
Plastics Today
Coffee capsules for the single-serve automatic coffee machines have become extremely popular over the past few years, with the global market registering huge growth, noted HRSflow, a maker of hot runner systems for high-cavitation, high-productivity molds. The application requires the latest technological developments and a special attention to the design of the product, as it is seen by the customers.
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New safety standards released for plastics machinery
Automation World
The Plastics Industry Trade Association and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) are pleased to announce the publication of two recently revised and approved American National Standards on plastics machinery safety: ANSI/SPI B151.20 — 2013 Safety Requirements for Plastics Sheet Production Machinery, and ANSI/SPI B151.27 — 2013 Safety Requirements for the Integration of Robots with Injection Molding Machines, both of which address detailed safety requirements for the specific machine or group of machines.
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Plastic-foam ban approved by New York council (Crain's New York Business)
Toughening epoxy thermosetting polymer (SPE Plastics Research Online)

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What is our fascination with cheaper 3-D printing?
Phys.org
The future of 3D printing is firming up as it moves from do-it-yourself tinkerers to key players selling complete consumer solutions. This shift brings important ecological and socio-economic implications. According to Google Trends, interest in 3D printing increased tenfold in the past two years and shows no signs of slowing down for 2014.
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Carmakers use aluminum, carbon fiber to cut weight
CTV News
More vehicles than ever on display at the Detroit auto show are using non-traditional materials — aluminum, carbon fiber, magnesium — as North American automakers fight to get vehicle weight down and gas mileage up. Ford's introduction of aluminum body panels for its workhorse F150 pickup truck was a radical shift which it said would knock up to 700 pounds from the truck's weight.
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