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3-D printing is revolutionizing construction and design fields
By Renee Eaton
Additive manufacturing — or 3-D printing as it often called — is a process in which a solid object is made when a CAD model directs the printer to apply hundreds to thousands of successive layers in the required shape. This method is in direct contrast to traditional (subtractive) manufacturing, which begins with a block or billet of material that is then cut away until the desired piece is obtained; or casting, which involves injecting a liquid material into a mold and letting it solidify.
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Antibiotic wound dressings
SPE Plastics Research
Electrospun scaffolds have a porous structure that is suitable for applications in tissue engineering, drug delivery and wound dressing. Scaffolds of electrospun polyurethane are particularly useful for wound dressings, with unique properties that promote moist wound healing and prevent desiccation in the wound. However, colonization of the wound area by bacteria leads to infection and delays in healing.
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Enhanced cold crystallization of glassy poly(L-lactic acid)
SPE Plastics Research
Poly(L-lactic acid) (PLA) has attracted considerable interest for its environmental friendliness and economical usefulness. Cold crystallization can change the structure and properties of PLA significantly and thus its applications, and many researchers have studied the structural changes that take place during crystallization.
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Memory polymers are stronger, cheaper and recyclable
Design News
Stronger, lighter, cheaper, self-healing and recyclable, too? IBM says they're all true about its new family of industrial thermoset polymers. The materials are the first that are capable of self-healing back to their original shape, are resistant to solvents and cracking and can also be recycled all the way back to their starting material with identical properties.
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Flexible packaging set for growth in North America
European Plastics News
PCI Films Consulting says that the North American and European flexible packaging markets, which currently stand at $20.7 billion and $16.4 billion respectively, already nearly account for half of the global consumer flexible packaging market of $76 billion. PCI notes, however, that the growth in North America is moving much more rapidly than that in Europe, with growth in North America at around 4 percent per year, which is twice as fast as the growth seen in Europe in the past year.
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British high-speed railway looks to composite solutions
Plastics Today
Engineers responsible for designing Britain's new high-speed railway, potentially linking London with cities as far north as Glasgow and Edinburgh, have started investigating how fiber-reinforced plastic composite materials could play a key role in building the network. During a two-day visit to the National Composites Center in Bristol, U.K. earlier this year, the team, led by High Speed Two Limited's Professor Andrew McNaughton, explored the opportunities of how to generate significant cost savings for HS2 through the potential use of advanced composite materials.
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3-D printing is revolutionizing construction and design fields
By Renee Eaton
Additive manufacturing — or
3-D printing as it often called — is a process in which a solid object is made when a CAD model directs the printer to apply hundreds to thousands of successive layers in the required shape. This method is in direct contrast to traditional (subtractive) manufacturing.


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Medical breakthrough: Bioengineered heart tissue
By Karen SC Ashley
For patients with heart damage, the best treatment option right now is an organ transplant. But even then, the patient waiting list for an organ donor is seemingly endless. To confound matters, patients can encounter complications after heart transplantation. With new research, the ideal solution — repairing the heart — may soon be possible.

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Highlighting novel material advances in wind energy
By Don Rosato
Wind energy provides significant growth opportunities for advanced composite resin and reinforcement materials. Wind energy developments hold much promise to help meet the growing global energy demand, and innovations in plastics and composites will play a key role. The long-term growth of wind energy requires technical innovation to make wind more competitive with other forms of energy.

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Bowser Beer: A fun alternative for dogs
Amcor Rigid Plastics
For dog owners who love to spoil their canines, Bowser Beer from 3 Busy Dogs, Seattle, Washington, has emerged as a popular pet product that has enjoyed strong national growth. Sales for the fun and healthy drink alternative – packaged in lightweight, shatter-resistant 12-ounce polyethylene terephthalate bottles from Amcor Rigid Plastics – have tripled in the last three years.
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One man's plastic waste is another's business mission
Fox Business
Co-founders David Katz and Shaun Frankson created a system that allows people in need to exchange recyclable plastics for "currency" that can be used to buy basic necessities, to print 3-D products and get access to other life-improving opportunities, such as health care.
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Plastic beverage closures conquer metal
European Plastics News
Research company Canadean, has released a report stating that plastic beverage caps and closures are now more popular than their metal counterparts. According to Canadean's report, "Innovation in Caps and Closures," in 2013 plastic closures took 49 percent of the market to metal closures' 48 percent, gaining the largest share of the global market for beverage closures. Metal closures in 2007 held 51 percent of the market share.
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There really is a great future in plastics
Plastics Today
Most of us who've been in the plastics industry for at least the last two decades have probably heard this comment many times: "Did you see The Graduate?" Yes, we've either seen that iconic movie that helped to put the plastics industry on the map, or we've heard about it. Dustin Hoffman plays the young man Ben, who's just graduated from college, and can't seem to decide on what to do with his life. At a party, Mr. McGuire pulls Ben aside and tells him that his future lies in just one word: Plastics.
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SABIC and Kringlan prototype carbon fiber thermoplastic wheel for German automotive company
Reinforced Plastics
SABIC and Kringlan Composites are developing what they claim is the world's first carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite wheel. A prototype is being produced for a German automotive manufacturer. The wheel employs SABIC's ULTEM polyetherimide resin and Swiss company Kringlan Composites' wheel design and manufacturing process, which is designed for short cycle times and high-volume production.
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Soon, nanotechnology could convert your jacket into reserve battery
International Business Times
Soon, you will no longer fret about not having carried your smartphone charger when your gadget runs out of power. With nanotechnology taking the lead, a new solution is being developed that would convert jackets into a battery. Scientists at the University of Central Florida are conducting trials of the new "in-cloth" energy storage system, and claim that the entire process of having to carry around a separate charger could be eliminated if the new technology gains public acceptance and becomes commercially viable.
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Plastics for 3-D printing get better and cheaper and greener every day
Machine Design
3-D printers make objects, but eliminate the waste and high tooling costs of traditional manufacturing. Because the machines print parts off of CAD files, weird or impossible-to-find parts are more affordable. Researchers at Michigan Technological University recently published findings that it's actually cost effective and energy efficient to recycle the high-density polyethylene from milk jugs into filament for 3-D printing parts.
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Tree fiber in new furniture polypropylene allows for recycling
Woodworking Network
At NeoCon 2014, Asahi Kasei Plastics will launch a polypropylene resin reinforced with tree fibers instead of fiberglass. Intended for injection molded seating and office components, it uses 20 percent tree fiber reinforcing fibers instead of a comparable amount of fiberglass, allowing recycling and upcycling. The cellulose used comes from sustainably harvested forests, says the company.
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Direct 3-D-printed silicone parts get face time
Plastics Today
Design bureau Fripp Design and Research has developed a 3-D printer that directly prints silicone, the first of its kind, according to company co-founder Steve Roberts. The technology has the potential to dramatically expand the frontier of prosthetics fabrication, and that's just for starters. Silicone was not on the radar of Roberts and his business partner Tom Fripp nine years ago when they invested in a 3-D-printing system to make models. "Our goal was to create accurate models for various markets and get the attention of manufacturers," Roberts told Plastics Today.
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