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How 3-D Printing Can Save on Your Company's Tax Bill
By Tracy Szwec
3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is one of the hottest topics in manufacturing today. After all, this technology is solving many problems, and it could actually be quite cost-effective for some organizations. In some cases, it is possible that additive manufacturing could be labeled as research and development. Anyone who follows tax law will quickly realize that obtaining the R&D classification quickly makes for some interesting tax ramifications.
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Innovative Approach to the Design of Profile Extrusion Dies
SPE Plastics Research Online
Today, due to the continual emergence of new and sophisticated products, profile extrusion faces new challenges that are motivating the adoption of innovative design methods. The major problem in designing a profile extrusion die (typically used, for example, in manufacturing decking, medical catheters, and electronics) is how to achieve an even flow distribution owing to the complex rheology of the materials employed and the intricate, sometimes counterintuitive flow phenomena occurring inside the flow channels.
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Trends in Failure of Synthetic Polymers and Human Biopolymers
SPE Plastics Research Online
Some trends in failure are due to errors of design or bad judgment (plastics) or unwise life conditions (human biopolymers). An encouraging trend for human biopolymers is synthetic polymers designed as replacements for damaged biopolymers (electrical polymers for nerves, and targeted drug delivery). Environmental, recycling and health effects on failure are a strong recent trend in polymer failure.
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    Pioneering Post-Carpet Recycled Nylons
    Plastics Engineering
    EcoLon, a brand of Wellman Engineering Resins, is a unique nylon compound produced via Wellman’s patented process of turning post-carpet recycled (PCR) fiber into nylon resin, and then into high-quality and consistent nylon compounds used in some of the most demanding applications in automotive and other industries. The company's compounding history goes back 50 years to the mid-1960s, when it pioneered the use of post-industrial recycled nylon from both nylon resin plants and carpet manufacturing facilities.
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    Recycling Makes 3-D Printing Even Cheaper
    Laboratory Equipment
    Buying plastic filament for 3-D printing can be expensive, says Joshua Pearce, the lead researcher in the Open Sustainability Technology group at Michigan Technological University. Pearce and his students have whittled the cost of printing to 10 cents per kilogram – down from $30 per kilogram. They made this leap by recycling plastic that had already been printed, using a recyclebot and plastic resin codes developed by the team.
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    PVC Gets a Spotlight at NPE for its Role in Saving Lives
    Plastics News
    "Ripped from the headlines" is a phrase more associated with prime time television than trade shows. But it does apply to a special exhibit at NPE 2015. As international concerns about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa rose to fever pitch last fall, plastics companies large and small stepped up with donations and ramped up production of personal protective equipment.
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    Entrepeneur Plans to Produce World's 1st Hemp Plastic Skateboard
    Recently, Ganjapreneur had the chance to connect with Brian Westphal, an entrepreneur looking to innovate and spread awareness in the industrial hemp sector. Westphal's company, Lotus Boards, is working to produce the world’s first hemp-plastic skateboard. The company's goal, as stated on their website, is "to create awareness for the adoption of Industrial Hemp and Bio-Based alternatives with every ride."
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    This Mind-Blowing New 3-D Printing Technique is Inspired by 'Terminator 2'
    The Washington Post
    In an iconic scene in the movie "Terminator 2," the robotic villain T-1000 rises fully formed from a puddle of metallic goo. The newest innovation in 3-D printing looks pretty similar, and that's no mistake: Its creators were inspired by that very scene. The company Carbon3D came out of two years of stealth mode recenlty with a simultaneous TED Talk and Science paper publication.
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    Prosthetics Makers See New Technology Adding to a Strong Market
    Plastics News
    Emerging prosthetics technology, from advanced robotics to the blade-runner Flex-Foot Cheetah design made famous by Oscar Pistorius, is driving revenue at a handful of small businesses in the city. While many patients can't afford the most cutting-edge technology, demand for prosthetics is growing — and promising techniques from the 3-D printing industry may make them more affordable. The niche is just beginning to attract the interest of New York-based 3-D printer specialists who hope to one day offer custom products at lower costs.
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    Carbon Fiber Projected to Go Mainstream in Automobiles by 2025
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    Lux Research is reporting that carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs) will be widely adopted by automakers for automotive lightweighting by 2025. This is the result, the company states, of technology being developed at a faster-than-expected pace. Advances are already underway in fiber, resin and composite part production that will lead to a $6 billion market for automotive CFRPs in 2020, more than double Lux's earlier projection.
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    These Tiny Bubbles May Save the Planet
    There are two ways to cut down on our greenhouse-gas emissions: Reduce the amount we make or limit how much of what we make actually gets into the atmosphere. It's the second solution that researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory want to tackle with cute caviar-sized bubbles that can absorb carbon dioxide. The polymer bubbles are filled with the entirely pedestrian ingredient of baking soda, long known to absorb carbon dioxide, but it’s the bubbles themselves that are the breakthrough.
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    Cellulose Acetate as a Tunable Bio-Based Engineered Material
    Plastics Engineering
    Cellulose acetate (CA) is one of the oldest plastics, with an application history dating back over 100 years. Recent drivers towards an engineered bio-based material that can be used in demanding applications have caused revitalization in CA product development. This paper illustrates the ability to fine-tune mechanical and thermal properties through plasticizer selection. A case study is also presented where CA can be used to enhance the bio-content of petro-based plastics such as polypropylene (PP) while improving performance of the final blend.
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    New Research into 3-D Printed Small Molecules Could Enable Customized Chemistry
    Researchers from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have synthesized small molecules using a simple technique, thus removing a key hurdle that restricted the investigation of a class of compounds providing great potential in the field of medicine and technology. The research team headed by Martin Burke, used a single automated method for the synthesis of 14 different groups of small molecules from a universal set of building blocks.
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    Italian Companies to Generate Bioplastic from Potatoes
    Two Italian companies recently announced plans to process potato byproducts into plastic materials. The agreement between biotech firm Bio-on and potato products company Pizzoli aims to produce 2,000 tons of bioplastics annually with the hope of doubling that capacity in the future. The companies said they hope their new industrial facility will serve the country's food sector "with zero environmental impact."
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    USAF and TRI Develop New Abrasion-Resistant Coating for Fighter Aircraft
    Air Force Technology
    The US Air Force (USAF) and Texas Research Institute (TRI) have developed a high-temperature, abrasion-resistant coating product that can directly improve the reliability and maintainability of the air force weapon systems, including the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The Proteckt high-temperature coating has been developed with funding from the air force's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program.
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    Amazing 3-D Printer Produces Objects up to 100 Times Faster
    Nature World Report
    3-D printing – the process by which objects are made by layering thousands of sheets of material over one another - is a promising field of technology. The only problem is that it's an incredibly slow process, which has to date limited its manufacturing applications. Now, a startup called Carbon3D has created a printer that can do in minutes what other devices do in hours (or even days) - anywhere from 25 to 100 times faster.
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    Engine Cover Molded from Polyurethane Integral Foam in Single Shot
    Plastics Today
    BASF has now developed a flexible polyurethane (PU) integral foam that can be used to produce lightweight engine coverings using a single-shot process. The so-called soft cover, made from Elastofoam I 4603, is manufactured by Austrian company Polytec Car Styling and fitted as standard in various car models with petrol engines made by Volvo. The sound-absorbing material for the flexible visible part is characterized by a low and also resistant to thermal aging up to 150°C according to BASF.
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    Amcor's Lightweight Hot-Fill PET Bottle Wins WorldStar Packaging Award
    Plastics Today
    Amcor Rigid Plastics, one of the leading global manufacturers of rigid plastic packaging for the food, beverage, spirits, personal/home care and health care industries, has been recognized by the WorldStar 2015 Packaging Awards Competition, the global packaging industry's most prestigious award competition sponsored by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). Amcor captured a beverage award for the development of the industry's lightest heat-set polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container, designed exclusively for a leading beverage supplier.
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    Whistle for N.C.A.A. Tournament Is Instrumental to the Game
    The New York Times
    For the first time, the whistle — not a scoreboard operator on the sideline — will automatically stop the game clock during the N.C.A.A tournament, through a Precision Time System carried by every on-court official. Ron Foxcroft, a former N.C.A.A. referee who lives in Ontario, Canada, knows just about everything there is to know about the whistle. He invented it. He knows how it works (three chambers, no pea) and how many are produced (11,000 a day).
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