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What Manufacturers, Developers Should Consider When Investing in 3-D Printing
By Mark Eaton
Investing in 3-D printing technology can provide significant business advantages. Product development, customer value, manufacturing costs and product life cycle management can all be positively impacted by this technology. Determining where to make the investment requires careful consideration of the expected outcomes and thorough analysis of the business, processes or products that will be impacted by the investment.
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Conformal Cooling Efficiencies in Stretch Blow Molding
SPE Plastics Research Online
In the past decade, a number of key advances in stretch blow molding have improved the productivity and quality of water bottles, hot-fill bottles, carbonated beverage containers, and custom-shaped oval and non-round containers. These advances, such as reheating resins faster, opening and closing molds more quickly, and higher-energy, shorter-wavelength lamps, have almost doubled the blow-molding speed of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers. Throughputs topping 2,200 bottles per cavity per hour have become common, and the mold contact time has reduced to around 1.2 seconds.
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Aug. 31-Sept. 2 SPE Thermoforming Conference® 2015 Information
Sept. 8-11 Foams 2015 and Tutorial Registration
Sept. 9-11 SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition Registration
Sept. 15-17 Plastics Caps & Closures: The Innovation End Game Registration
Oct. 4-6 CAD RETEC 2015 Information
Oct. 4-7 Automotive TPO Conference 2015 Information
Oct. 12-14 Blow Molding Conference 2015 Information
Oct. 13-15 Vinyltec 2015 "Enabling Technologies for the Future in the PVC Industry" Information
Oct. 25-28 FlexPackCon 2015 Registration
Oct. 28-30 GPS2015: The Global Plastics Summit Information



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Berry Plastics to Buy Blackstone-Owned Avintiv for $2.45 Billion
Reuters
Plastic packaging products maker Berry Plastics Group Inc., said it would buy Avintiv Inc., which makes materials used in products ranging from diapers to disinfectant wipes, for about $2.45 billion in cash from Blackstone Group LP. Berry Plastics, which makes products such as duct tapes, spray adhesives and food wrap films, said it would buy Avintiv on a debt-free, cash-free basis.
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FDA Approves 1st 3-D-Printed Polymer Implant for Load-Bearing Applications
Plastics Today
Oxford Performance Materials Inc., has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its SpineFab system, a load-bearing polymer device for long-term implantation. Designed to replace a collapsed, damaged or unstable vertebral body caused by tumor or trauma, the vertebral body replacement system is the first and only FDA-cleared 3-D-printed device of its kind.
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Global Plastic Packaging Market to Reach $370 Billion by 2020: Report
Canadian Plastics
Driven by a rising demand for plastic packaging in the health care sector, the global plastic packaging market was valued at nearly $260 billion in 2013 and is expected to reach $370 billion by 2020, according to a new report from U.S.-based research firm Transparency Market Research.
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Researchers Create Highly Stretchable Conductive Fibers
AZoM
Electrically conducting fibers whose electrical conductivity increases by 200 times when stretched have been created by an international team of researchers based at The University of Texas at Dallas. The fibers can be reversibly stretched to more than 14 times their initial length.
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Antifreeze Polymer Protects Cells as They Thaw
Royal Society of Chemistry
Researchers have synthesized a polymer that limits ice crystal growth in frozen red blood cells as they thaw. The polymer is set to pave the way for similar synthetic structures that mimic the properties of natural antifreeze proteins. Antifreeze proteins have been a hot topic since they were first discovered in Antarctic fish in the 1960s. They have a wide range of potential applications in aerospace, the food industry and in biomedicine, where they are used in cryopreservation.
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Graphene: A Wonder Material Struggles to Find Commercial Applications
Plastics Today
Buckminsterfullerene, otherwise known as Buckyballs, was going to be the next biggest thing in materials according to many observers, finding applications in lubricants, high-temperature superconductors, reaction catalysts, and "disintegrating polymers." Twenty three years later, Buckminsterfullerene still remains pretty much a laboratory curiosity, with no apparent commercial applications. Could the latest wonder material, graphene, specifically the graphene nanoplatelet genre, be heading down that same road?
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Study Put PVC, Wood, Fiber Cement Trim to the Test
Plastics News
With exterior trim sales on the rise, 2015 opened with another salvo from the major player in the fiber cement arena. Dublin, Ireland-based James Hardie Building Products released results of a study that says its HardieTrim NT3 product costs less and takes the same time or less to install than cellular PVC and engineered wood trim.
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New polymer Gel Could Help Create Swallowable Devices for Ultra-Long Drug Delivery
News Medical
Medical devices designed to reside in the stomach have a variety of applications, including prolonged drug delivery, electronic monitoring, and weight-loss intervention. However, these devices, often created with nondegradable elastic polymers, bear an inherent risk of intestinal obstruction as a result of accidental fracture or migration. As such, they are usually designed to remain in the stomach for a limited time.
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New Polymer Able to Store Energy at Higher Temperatures
Phys.org
A team of researchers at the Pennsylvania State University has created a new polymer that is able to store energy at higher temperatures than conventional polymers without breaking down. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they created the polymer and why they believe it could be useful in many products.
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Composite Deck Sales Improving as They Stand the Test of Time
Plastics News
The composite wood decks at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida have endured some pretty wicked weather in the last decade. Rain falls on the swampy neighbor of the Everglades about 128 days a year — some of it the most damaging on record, like Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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