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Eliminating separation during powder injection molding
SPE Plastics Research Online
Injection molding of highly filled (about 60vol. percent) polymer melts brings several quality and efficiency issues. One critical factor is powder and polymer separation during molding. This is especially significant for powder injection molding, where—in contrast to classical composite products—the polymer component is removed (debinded) from the molded part, so that it has a porous structure. The molded powder is then sintered (heated to a temperature below the melting point to fuse the particles together by diffusion) to the final density.
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    Dec. 12 SPE China Plastics Conference — Medical Devices & Packaging 2013 Information


    PLASTICS INDUSTRY NEWS


    Plastic packaging and the "war on food waste"
    Plastics Engineering
    How much of the food produced around the world is thrown out each year? It's probably more than you think. Experts typically differentiate between food "loss" that happens in the supply chain and food "waste" that happens at the retail and consumer levels.
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    Bioplastic 'could cut 50 million tons of electronic waste'
    Environmental Leader
    Italian company Bio-on has released a bioplastics polymer that is 100 percent biodegradable in water and soil and can be used as a substrate for electrical circuits. When combined with suitable nanofillers, the polymer can act as an electricity conductor, the company says. Bio-on hopes that the product could help reduce the 50 million tons of electronic waste produced worldwide every year.
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    Something in the air: Ionization as a solution to static
    Plastics Today
    Static can cause problems in medical device manufacturing processes, but active air ionization is an effective and practical fix.

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    Plastic building block discovered in Titan's atmosphere
    AZoM
    NASA's Cassini probe has detected propylene, a chemical used to make everyday plastic, in the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.

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    Lockheed Martin moves 3-D printing to the production line
    Gizmag
    3-D printing is fast moving into the big leagues as it becomes less of a way to print plastic key fobs and more of a tool for the likes of aerospace giants. Earlier this month the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company showcased it next-generation, digitally integrated design and manufacturing process with a tour of its Louisiana facility for community leaders from Jefferson County.
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    Water spray may boost viability of gas injection process
    Plastics Today
    A new technology on display at K 2013 uses an aerosol type jetting process to create hollow parts. Water is sprayed inside the part during gas injection, reducing foaming. The technology was developed by the Institute of Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University and licensed to PME fluidtec GmbH.
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    US PET recycling rate tops 30 percent
    Plastics News
    New York's bottle deposit law and an increase of collections in California helped drive up the U.S. gross recycling rates of PET bottles to 30.8 percent, according to a new report from the National Association for PET Container Resources.
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    Arburg invents new additive manufacturing process
    Plastics Today
    In an announcement in a press conference before the opening of the K-Show, Arburg — a leading global supplier of mostly small injection molding machines — said it has developed and will begin selling an additive manufacturing machine that uses regular plastic resins. Arburg has filed for 20 patents covering various aspects of its technologies, which were only indicated in vague terms during formal presentations and follow-up interviews.
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    Mercedes puts new pressure on powertrain
    Plastics News
    A front-end module carrier made for the Mercedes-Benz B-Class car with a new internal high-pressure forming polymer/metal hybrid process has won a grand innovation award from the SPE Central Europe Section.
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    Bio-friendly micro-motors propelled by polymers
    Chemistry World
    Scientists in the U.S. have created a micro-motor that carries its own bio-friendly fuel to propel itself across the surface of water. And unlike other nano-engines it relies on a rather unusual mechanism to drive itself: depolymerisation.
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    Bayer touts sustainability goals
    Plastics News
    Even as it celebrates its 150th anniversary, Bayer AG is looking to the future. The firm's Bayer MaterialScience unit unveiled new sustainability targets for 2020 at K 2013 in Düsseldorf. The new targets include reducing the impact of BMS' manufacturing operations. These steps include reducing specific carbon-dioxide emissions by 40 percent vs. 2005 levels and increasing energy efficiency by 30 percent, also vs. 2005. Leverkusen, Germany-based BMS also wants to continuously drive its safety culture to zero accidents.
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    3-D printing revolutionizes the hearing aid business
    Forbes
    Additive manufacturing is, perhaps, the more accurate name for 3-D Printing. The idea behind additive manufacturing is to create products by building them up rather by cutting them away (like with lathes and other cutting tools).
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    TRENDING ARTICLES
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        Exporting the revolution: Shale gas goes global. Or does it? (By Lucy Wallwork)
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    High-performance plastics protect athletes performing extreme sports (AZoM)
    EPA delays major report on safety of phthalates (Plastics Today)
    Berry Plastics introduces fully recyclable to-go cup (Recycling Today)

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    Plastics and rubber programs experience enrollment growth
    Ferris State University
    Since 2010, Ferris State University's Plastics and Rubber engineering technology programs continue to experience student enrollment growth. Last fall, 38 students were enrolled. One year later, that enrollment total was nearly doubled to 70 by the start of the Fall 2013 semester, said Robert Speirs, professor and program coordinator for the Plastics and Rubber engineering technology programs. Speirs noted that prior to this fall semester, enrollment numbers grew steadily from 28 students in 2010, to 34 in 2011 and 38 in 2012
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