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How 3-D printing improves surgical outcomes
By Renee Eaton
Recently, an acquaintance underwent what was expected to be a routine ablation procedure — nearly 10 hours later, the surgery finally finished. Despite CT scans, X-rays and EKGs, the surgeons encountered "structural issues" that complicated the operation. If they'd had a 3-D print of his heart, they might have anticipated and planned contingencies based on what they saw. For this reason, more surgeons have begun using patient-specific models to plan surgeries. This enables surgeons to reduce the time spent in the operating room — and more importantly — increases the surgeon's accuracy.
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New biodegradable composites for food packaging
SPE Plastics Research Online
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are biopolyesters produced by micro-organisms cultivated in carbon substrates. PHAs degrade in soil, sludge, or seawater at room temperature. As such, they are good candidates for food packaging applications where the container is to be degraded in the same stream as the food product. However, PHAs are expensive and possess reduced melt processability. Thus, most PHA-based biocomposites are formulated with cheap fillers and other additives and then processed by compression or injection molding.
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Plastics gaining more acceptance in closures market
Plastics Today
A new market study from Ceresana has analyzed the European market for closures, taking a closer look at applications such as lemonades, water, fruit juices, beer, wine and spirits, along with cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. In the recently published study, the market researchers forecast European demand for these everyday products to rise to about 460 billion units by 2021.
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Scientists study molecular scale behavior of polystyrene using X-ray laser
AZoM.com
Scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have explained the complex behavior of polystyrene using its Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser. Polystyrene is a widely used polymer, namely in the manufacture of plastic cups and packing foams.
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Plenty of opportunities in the Chinese packaging market
Plastics Today
The Chinese market is hungry for new packaging. The country has seen a fast development in packaging market size, with projections that it will only continue to grow. In fact, a report by Smithers Pira claims that by 2020, the China's foodservice packaging market will be bigger than that of the U.S. This growth is due to a transition from its traditional shops to a more Western-style supermarkets and packaged foods.
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How 3-D printing improves surgical outcomes
By Renee Eaton
Recently, an acquaintance underwent what was expected to be a routine ablation procedure — nearly 10 hours later, the surgery finally finished. Despite CT scans, X-rays and EKGs, the surgeons encountered "structural issues" that complicated the operation.

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Smart factories know how to use big data
By Alan Kelsky
Go to a meeting of any trade group or association and someone is going to mention "big data." I know of scores of companies that have scores of servers dedicated to storing all this data. So what? If they are not using the data to improve their business, storing it is a waste of server space and money.

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E/E plastic material and process advances to watch
By Don Rosato
Convergence among computer, consumer electronics and telecom industries continue to blur the lines between information, entertainment and communication. Electrical and electronic applications polymer development is pushing plastic resin properties.

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Innovative method makes polymers for sustainable environment
AZoM.com
Industrial processes and consumption of fossil fuels release greenhouse gases, a major cause of global warming. An advanced membrane engineered by an international research team led by Easan Sivaniah at the Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) of Kyoto University can address this problem by eliminating greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
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'Electronic skin' could revolutionize breast cancer detection
Medical News Today
A group of scientists are currently working on the development of an "electronic skin" that has the capacity to detect — or "feel" — and produce images of small lumps in breast tissue that the practiced fingers of a clinician could miss. The device is made from nanoparticles and polymers and can image palpable features within breast tissue.
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Number of women execs gradually increasing
Plastics News
There are a lot of numbers that might jump out at you when first going over the numbers for the 2014 Plastics News ranking of the industry's top-earning executives in North America. "Eight" probably isn't one of the first. But it's a record. Among the highest paid executives at publicly traded plastics processors there are eight women.
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Drunk your water? Now eat the bottle it came in
The Telegraph
An edible "water ball" designed to replace plastic water bottles has been shortlisted as one of five ideas that could radically change the world. The product, named "Ooho!," consists of a double layer of gelatinous membranes, created using brown algae and calcium chloride.
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Smart polymers: Complex matter where simplicity matters
Nanowerk News
MPI-P scientists Kurt Kremer and Debashish Mukherji, together with their collaborator Carlos Marques from the French Centre national de la recherche scientifique, propose a novel framework to understand the solubility of smart polymers in solvent mixtures. Combining "generic" molecular simulations with analytical theory, they solve a long standing question to explain the microscopic mechanism behind smart polymer collapse in mixtures of good solvents.
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Stratasys introduces UV-resistant thermoplastic for 3-D printing
AZoM.com
Global additive manufacturing and 3-D printing solutions provider, Stratasys, has introduced Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate (ASA) for FDM-based 3-D printing. ASA is a thermoplastic material that is also UV-resistant. ASA is a versatile material that can be used to produce finished goods, tools for manufacturing and for developing prototypes. This material demonstrates durability, strength and UV stability.
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Why synchronize time? 3 ways it benefits manufacturers
Manufacturing.net
It's a challenging time to be a manufacturer — or exciting, depending on your point of view. Many are dealing with shifting customer demands, sourcing and supply chain challenges, government regulations, and more. Worrying about whether clocks display the same, accurate time — and how that impacts maintenance crews, the start and stop time of shifts, timestamps and reporting or compliance issues — doesn't have to be an extra item on anyone's plate.
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U of M forges way as plastics research leader
The Washington Times
Now, equipped with a recently awarded federal grant, University of Minnesota researchers are working to even the playing field between traditional plastics and more environmentally friendly alternatives. The university’s Center for Sustainable Polymers received the five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation in August to research disposable, non-toxic plastics created from renewable resources.
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Kids in need get 3-D-printed superhero prosthetic arms
Cube Breaker
E-Nabling the Future is an organization of engineers and other volunteers which provides low cost prosthetic limbs for needy children around the world. As if that wasn't cool enough, things there took a recent turn for the extraordinary. One of the organization's volunteers, Aaron Brown, modified E-Nable's free prosthetic hand plans to include something that would appeal more to children: The claws from X-Men's Wolverine. To no one's surprise, the 3-D-printed superhero prosthetic arms were a massive hit among the children.
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