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Trade shows making use of 3-D printing for models
By Renee Eaton
Exhibiting at trade shows can be quite rewarding for companies. Unfortunately, it can also be quite expensive and stressful. Transporting and staging large equipment can consume a significant portion of a company's marketing budget, especially when international shipping is involved. But businesses are starting to adopt 3-D printing techniques to get to-scale, full-color prototypes and models of their products that can easily be carried to and displayed on site for far less cost.
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Screw speed and nanocomposite rheology
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Co-rotating twin-screw extruders have become increasingly popular as a way of processing nanocomposites. They offer the opportunity to incorporate different construction elements into the screw, changing the residence time and also shear, which may reach high levels. Shear provides up to 80 percent of the heat required to melt the polymer during polymer processing and is thus one of the most important features of the mixing process.
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Biobased plastics drive interest in China, but face hurdles
Plastics News
While biobased plastics account for less than 1 percent of the plastics resin sector, the 20 percent annual growth rate has some industry folk are abuzz. At the China International Biobased Technology and Partnering Conference, held in Shanghai, speakers and participants expressed optimism about the industry's future, while acknowledging they face major challenges.
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Global plastics industry picks up marine litter reduction efforts
Associations Now
As millions of Americans head to the beach this summer in search of sun, surf, and seafood, a coalition of 60 international associations is working to reduce the chance that they find something else: plastic marine litter.
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Trade shows making use of 3-D printing for models
By Renee Eaton
Exhibiting at trade shows can be quite rewarding for companies. Unfortunately, it can also be quite expensive and stressful. Transporting and staging large equipment can consume a significant portion of a company's marketing budget, especially when international shipping is involved. But businesses are starting to adopt 3-D printing techniques to get to-scale, full-color prototypes and models of their products that can easily be carried to and displayed on site for far less cost.

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PVC recycling on the rise in Europe
Plastics News
PVC recycling in Europe climbed more than 20 percent in 2013 according to new figures from Recovinyl, the PVC industry's recycling organization. A total of 435,083 metric tons of waste PVC was recycled through Recovinyl across the group's 16 member countries. That is up from 354,173 metric tons in 2012.

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Wind energy applications — the promising road forward
By Don Rosato
Wind energy continues to provide major growth opportunities for plastic composites — the industry will reach $4 billion by the end of 2014. The adoption of larger-scale turbines and the expansion of offshore installations that call for stiffer and lighter blades are important to the use of lightweight, strength-to-weight plastic composites.

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Tool helps companies choose safer plastics
Environmental Leader
By switching the plastic used in its IV bags, Dignity Health care system kept 700,000 pounds of high-concern chemicals out of the environment, according to a new analysis that measures the "chemical footprint" of plastics. The Plastics Scorecard v.1.0, produced by the Business-NGO Working Group, a collaboration of companies and NGOs, offers what it says is the first comprehensive method for assessing and reducing chemicals of high concern in plastics. It's a tool to help companies choose safer plastics, BizNGO says.
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Polymer-based graphene substitute is easy to mass-produce
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For all the attention graphene gets thanks to its impressive list of properties, how many of us have actually encountered it in anything other than its raw graphite form? Show of hands. No-one? That's because it is still difficult to mass-produce without introducing defects. Now, a team at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology has developed a graphene substitute from plastic that offers the benefits of graphene for use in solar cells and semiconductor chips, but is easy to mass-produce.
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New technology helps reduce the amount of PET in Mrs. Dash packaging
Plastics Today
The Mrs. Dash bottles have undergone quite a makeover, but you might not notice it right away. A new packaging technology reduced the weight of a Mrs. Dash bottle by more than 25 percent. This in turn saves the brand B&G Foods, the owner of Mrs. Dash, an excess of 200,000 pounds of PET resin, along with a double-digit profit percentage.
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'Nanojuice' could improve how doctors examine the gut
Phys.Org
Located deep in the human gut, the small intestine is not easy to examine. X-rays, MRIs and ultrasound images provide snapshots but each suffers limitations. Help is on the way. University at Buffalo researchers are developing a new imaging technique involving nanoparticles suspended in liquid to form "nanojuice" that patients would drink. Upon reaching the small intestine, doctors would strike the nanoparticles with a harmless laser light, providing an unparalleled, non-invasive, real-time view of the organ
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US plastics molding industry showing newshoring-based revival
ThomasNet News
U.S. plastics manufacturing, especially for commodity goods, seemed destined for the same fate of the dinosaurs just a few years ago. However, newshoring has brought fresh production, and injection molders have transformed their businesses and operations to compete again.
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Using light to change the makeup of plastics
Phys.Org
A FAMU-FSU College of Engineering professor is using rays of light to control the shape of a special type of plastic, a project that could have long-term implications for manufacturing, solar energy harvesting, aerospace flow control and robotic actuators.
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Will Nano Vent-Skin Micro-Turbines soon be powering your home?
AZoNano
When we think of turbines, we automatically think of those impressive structures reaching 400 feet in height topped by huge blades spinning endlessly on a vast expanse of flat grassland. When Agustin Otegui thinks of turbines, he sees something much smaller, a microscopic turbine, in fact. Otegui's concept for providing green power to homes, tunnels or commercial buildings is based on nanotechnology. To understand his Nano Vent-Skin Micro-Turbine concept, a rudimentary understanding of nanotechnology is necessary.
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Printed diode is fast enough to speak with smartphones
IEEE Spectrum
It's easy to imagine giving home appliances the hardware needed to plug into the Internet of Things — but what about a T-shirt, a magazine or even an orange? These things need electronic labels — flexible, printed electronics that can draw power from their environments and use it to dispense useful information about the object. A research team based in Sweden and the U.K. has now created the first printed e-label than can communicate with a smartphone.
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Polymers that can be fine-tuned for optimal effect could help fight multidrug-resistant infections
Phys.Org
The rise of drug-resistant microbes is a major challenge facing medicine. The World Health Organization's 2014 report on global surveillance of antimicrobial resistance warns of the very real possibility of the twenty-first century becoming "a post-antibiotic era — in which common infections and minor injuries can kill". In the face of this threat, researchers worldwide are exploring approaches to find new compounds that combine selective antimicrobial efficacy with low toxicity toward mammalian cells.
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Why your next airplane might be 3-D printed
Forbes
By 2020, GE Aviation will produce more than 100,000 manufactured components for its line of commercial and military engines. These parts are vital for aircraft, ranging from Boeing's new 737 MAX to Black Hawk and Apache helicopters. What is astonishing is that these components will be produced using 3-D printing techniques.
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