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Global legislation, technology drive electronic device trends
By Don Rosato
The electrical/electronics market is the world's third-largest plastics market, after packaging and building/construction. Depending on the electronic application, plastics are chosen for rigidity or flexibility, toughness/durability, resistance to low or high voltage and their electrical insulation or conductive qualities. To understand where this market is headed, we must understand two driving trends: recent global regulations and technological advancements.
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Foam injection molding using nitrogen and carbon dioxide as co-blowing agents
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A novel microcellular injection molding approach using nitrogen and carbon dioxide significantly improves the morphology and mechanical properties of melts. MIM continues to attract attention because it saves on material costs and energy while improving dimensional stability and production efficiency compared with conventional solid injection molding.
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    BRC Rubber & Plastics to expand, relocate headquarters
    Plastics News
    BRC Rubber & Plastics Inc. is planning to move its headquarters and technical center to Fort Wayne, Ind., and in the process create room to expand manufacturing at its Churubusco plant.
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    What if plants could be plastic factories?
    The Christian Science Monitor
    Cambridge, Mass.-based Metabolix has a greenhouse full of grass. That would be unexciting, except that the 300 or so pots of switchgrass growing there have been genetically engineered to produce a kind of polymer used to make plastics.
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    Blog: What is the biggest challenge facing the composites industry?
    Reinforced Plastics
    A recent poll asked the question: What is the biggest challenge facing the composites industry today? Read on for the results.

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    NASA certifies 1st 3-D printer for use in space
    Dezeen
    Manufactured by Made in Space in collaboration with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the machine is the first 3-D printer ...

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    What technical professionals need to know about the America Invents Act — Part 2
    By Moris Amon
    On Sept. 19, 2011, the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Leahy America Invents Act.

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    Recycled cooking oil could be key to better bioplastics
    EarthTechling
    With nearly 200,000 fast food restaurants serving billions of customers, America generates a lot of used cooking oil. Some people have started using the used oil to power their vehicles, and it has been suggested that this nasty by-product of fried food could also hold the key to better, cheaper bioplastics. According to research presented at the 2012 Society for General Microbiology's Autumn Conference, using waste cooking oil as a starting material reduces production costs while still producing medical-grade bioplastic.
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    Lighter vehicles roll from research to road
    Plastics News
    There was something new about the discussion on lighter-weight cars and trucks at the recent Center for Automotive Research's Management Briefing Seminars this year. New lighter vehicles are hitting the road, using new technology and new materials and moving what had just been laboratory research out onto the assembly line as automakers begin the push to meet higher fuel economy standards.
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    Advanced nanotechnology for diagnosing cancer
    Nanowerk
    The EU-funded Nanotechnological Toolkits for Multi-Modal Disease Diagnostics and Treatment Monitoring aims to contribute by using nanotechnology-based techniques to help in early detection. The project's team, led by Trinity College Dublin in Ireland, is developing a nanotechnology-based toolkit to enable early detection. The toolkit involves the detection and imaging of biomarkers linked to the most common types of cancer and their spread to other parts of the human body.
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    Some fast-food brands look beyond polystyrene, others embrace it
    PlasticsToday.com
    Heather Caliendo, senior editor for PlasticsToday.com, writes: "I recently completed a three-part series about polystyrene foam, which covered bans, recycling and alternative materials. Since one of the most recognizable users of PS foam are fast-food businesses, here's a closer look at their relationship with this form of packaging."
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    Integrated cooling simulation tool addresses need for efficient cooling systems in the plastics industry
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    Cimatron Limited and CoreTech System Co. Ltd. recently announced an agreement to deliver an integrated cooling simulation tool within CimatronE to address the growing design needs for more efficient cooling systems in the plastics industry.
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  • Table salt could significantly reduce cost of nanotechnology fabrication
    Nanowerk
    Chemists at Oregon State University have identified a compound that could significantly reduce the cost and potentially enable the mass commercial production of silicon nanostructures — materials that have huge potential in everything from electronics to biomedicine and energy storage. This extraordinary compound is called table salt.
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    Clemson hosts leading scientists at international conference on macromolecular complexes
    AZoM.com
    Clemson University is hosting the world's leading scientists and engineers at the 15th International Conference on MacroMolecular Complexes to discuss the latest advances in polymers and how they play a vital role in transforming the technological landscape for the betterment of humankind.
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    How to make intelligent carbon-fiber composites
    Design News
    Recently, Design News reported about a method for combining the 3-D printing of a plastic airplane wing with printed 3-D electronics, including antennas. The technique could be used to print conformal electronics inside structures. Now, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits in Germany has demonstrated the ability to embed radio frequency identification tags with ultrathin antennas inside components made of carbon-fiber-reinforced composites, such as aircraft wings. The technique may also be adaptable to composite structural health monitoring.
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    All eyes on polystyrene foam packaging
    PlasticsToday.com
    In his final State of the City address, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg called for a citywide ban on polystyrene foam food packaging from stores and restaurants. In June, Bloomberg introduced legislation to prohibit polystyrene foam. Bans of polystyrene foam for food packaging are nothing new. In fact, the first U.S. ban of general polystyrene foam was enacted in Berkeley, Calif., back in 1988.
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    Blog: What is the biggest challenge facing the composites industry?
    Reinforced Plastics
    ReinforcedPlastics.com recently started a poll on the Reinforced Plastics LinkedIn Group asking the question: What is the biggest challenge facing the composites industry today? The results show lack of mass production, automation techniques and lack of knowledge of composites are the biggest issues, followed by higher price of composites.
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