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3-D printing and the future of additive manufacturing
By Alan Kelsky
In the United States, 3-D printing is ranked sixth among the top 10 fastest-growing industries in the United States. In fact, Goldman Sachs names 3-D technology as "disruptive" in a recent report on technology. The term "disruptive" is used in a benign manner to describe the technology as growing at a rate of 20 percent per year. According to Forbes, additive manufacturing is already a $2.2 billion a year industry, and that amount could exceed more than $6 billion by 2017.
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Due to its versatility, low cost, and low density, polypropylene (PP) is one of the most frequently used thermoplastic materials, with widespread application in the automotive and packaging sectors. The development of PP/clay nanocomposites, which enable the tailoring of PP toward more desirable properties, presents a challenge.
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IHS: Shale gas boom is benefiting North American plastics producers
Plastics Today
The shale gas boom is a story not going away anytime soon, and for good reason. The supply of inexpensive natural gas-based feedstocks in North America is having a direct effect on the production of ethylene, the chemical building block for a number of plastics, including polyethylene (PE), according to IHS, a global source of critical information and insight.
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University of Minnesota forges way as plastics research leader
Minnesota Daily via Pioneer Press
From electronics to tableware, plastic is everywhere and varies by shape and size. Despite the differences of plastic-made products, most share a common origin as fossil fuels drilled out of the ground. Now, equipped with a recently awarded federal grant, University of Minnesota researchers in Minneapolis are working to even the playing field between traditional plastics and more environmentally friendly alternatives.
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New fluorine chemistry research may help in the development of medicines and materials
Phys.org
In a recent study, USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute chemists have dispelled a long-held notion regarding the ubiquitous fluorine-containing trifluoromethyl group. The trifluoromethyl group is significant in chemistry dealing with pharmaceutical drug development and materials chemistry. Fluorine-containing compounds are part of many human-made materials, from the polymer Teflon used to coat pots and pans to medical drugs. For chemists, introducing fluorine into organic molecules is an important way of controlling properties such as the bioactivity of drugs and the performance of plastics and electronic materials.
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3-D printing and the future of additive manufacturing
By Alan Kelsky
In the United States, 3-D printing is ranked sixth among the top 10 fastest-growing industries in the United States. In fact, Goldman Sachs names 3-D technology as "disruptive" in a recent report on technology. The term "disruptive" is used in a benign manner to describe the technology as growing at a rate of 20 percent per year.

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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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Bright future for plastics in electronic devices
By Don Rosato
In commercial applications, polymer development is pushing plastic properties in response to ongoing demand for smaller electronic devices that call for smaller, thinner electrical components in hotter environments at higher electrical frequencies.

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Packaging-free initiatives make no sense
Plastics Today
There's no doubt that waste is a huge problem. Just check out these stats from the EPA: 32 million tons of plastic waste was generated in 2012, representing 12.7 percent of total MSW. In 2012, the United States generated almost 14 million tons of plastics as containers and packaging, about 11 million tons as durable goods such as appliances, and almost seven million tons as nondurable goods, such as plates and cups.
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New recycling guidelines launched for PET trays
European Plastics News
A set of new guidelines covering design-for-recycling for PET trays has been published by Plastics Recyclers Europe, the Brussels-based trade body. According to PRE the guidelines, covering clear and coloured thermoforms, set "the basic principles to create PET trays which could be treated by future plastics recycling plants dedicated to this stream." PRE said the eco-design of PET trays is a first compulsory step to start the development of recycling such products.
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IKEA's new sustainable strategy includes a plastics commitment
Plastics Today
Furniture giant IKEA has launched a redesign of its sustainability strategy and plastics are a central focus. The company highlighted a commitment for all plastic material used in its home furnishing products to be 100 percent renewable and/or recyclable by 2020. The plastics category includes products that IKEA sells, as well as textile products, packaging and components. IKEA also plans to invest in wind and solar power for its own operations.
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Plastics in motion: Exploring the world of polymers
R&D
A better understanding of polymers at the molecular scale, particularly as they are cooled from a molten state to a more solid form, could lead to improved manufacturing techniques and the creation of new, customizable materials. In an experiment at the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)'s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory using SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source x-ray laser, scientists unraveled the complex behavior of polystyrene, a popular polymer found in packing foams and plastic cups, with a sequence of ultra-bright x-ray laser pulses.
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PepsiCo looks to branded closures to help bottles stand out
Plastics News
Caps and closures play a key role in keeping products safe and secure, but they also can be an important part of product branding. Just ask Jeff Crooks, senior principal engineer of packaging brand stewardship at PepsiCo Inc. The Purchase, New York-based company is known around the world for its line of soft drinks, but the company is so much more than its soda.
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New resources promise to help communities increase plastics recycling
Recycling Today
A group of stakeholders in the plastics recycling industry have released a set of resources designed to help communities recycle more plastics. "Plastics Recycling Terms & Tools" have been designed to make it easier for consumers to recycle plastics and to help improve the nationwide tracking of the types and amount of plastics recycled by providing two sets of common plastics recycling terms (outreach and commodities) for use throughout the United States and Canada.
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In search for renewable energy sources, could trash be king?
Fox News
With the massive "People's Climate March" and the upcoming meeting of world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, the debate over renewable resources is heating up. But one potential solution is often left out with the garbage. Steve Russell, vice president of the Plastics Division at the American Chemistry Council, spoke to FoxNews.com about the push to make waste-to-energy technologies go mainstream.
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Recycling group releases shrink sleeve label guidelines
Plastics News
A post-consumer plastics recycling trade group is out with a set of recommendations to help guide the packaging industry on the use of shrink sleeve labels, a move to help mitigate the label's impact on container recycling. The Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers said the problem is not completely solved, but progress is being made.
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Not all mergers and acquisitions in plastics industry have been a success
Plastics News
Has bigger been better in the plastics mega-deals of the last 25 years? While researching a feature on mergers and acquisitions for Plastics News' upcoming 25th anniversary issue, a list emerged of 10 such deals — mainly ones where companies tried to roll up other companies into a plastics giant, or where such a consolidator was itself acquired by another firm.
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HP could disrupt 3-D printing industry with 3-D printed glass
Inside 3DP
3-D printing industry insiders have been contemplating a potential breakthrough from traditional printer manufacturer HP for years. In March, HP confirmed everyone's thoughts and announced it will be entering the 3-D printing market in 2014, surprising many with its focus on businesses instead of consumers.
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Scientists convert Hubble Telescope pictures to tactile 3-D for visually impaired
AZoM.com
With the objective of revolutionizing astronomy education, the Space Telescope Science Institute researchers, Antonella Nota and Carol Christian, convert Hubble Space Telescope pictures into tactile 3-D images using 3-D printers in order to help visually impaired people to explore space objects.
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