Canadian Plastics

3D Printing

October 18, 2021  

3D printing materials market will reach $3.18 billion by 2027, report says

The market will be driven by a rising demand for customization, the new study from Frost & Sullivan says.

October 4, 2021  

SPE thermoforming division announces parts competition winners

Quebec molder Plastique Art won the ‘Vacuum Forming – Gold’ award for an enclosure assembly of eight thermoformed parts that house a high-end intensive care unit ventilator.

July 7, 2021  

Feds invest $8.2 million in University of Waterloo for additive manufacturing network

The new Additive Manufacturing Alliance will help businesses throughout southern Ontario overcome barriers to adopting advanced manufacturing technologies.

May 13, 2021  

M. Holland expands 3D printing capabilities with new materials and supply partners

The thermoplastic resin distributor has expanded its 3D printing product offering by 50 per cent by partnering with three new additive manufacturing materials suppliers.

May 2, 2021  

3D bio-printed heart provides new tool for surgeons

Made from a soft, natural polymer called alginate, the full-sized heart model gives surgeons a new tool for planning and practice for heart surgeries.

April 28, 2021  

Researchers develop 3D-printed material to replace ivory

The material consists of synthetic resin and calcium phosphate particles processed in a hot, liquid state and hardened in a 3D printer with UV rays.

April 26, 2021  

Arburg signs Freeformer distribution deal with Würth Additive Group

Arburg hopes to extend the reach of its Freeformer technology in Canada and the U.S. through the agreement.

March 31, 2021  

New method to develop fibre reinforced plastic composites from wastepaper

University of Iowa engineers have received nearly $1 million to improve the speed and reduce the labour costs of remanufacturing recycled wastepaper.

March 3, 2021  

New project researches 3D printing for wind turbine blades

The goal of the project between GE Research, GE Renewable Energy, and LM Wind Power is to use additive manufacturing to 3D-print blade tips, enabling the design of larger rotors.

February 15, 2021  

Swiss researchers develop 3D-printed bioresorbable airway stents

The stents could simplify future treatments of upper airway obstructions.

January 6, 2021  

Stratasys completes acquisition of 3D printing startup Origin

The deal adds Origin’s software-centric additive manufacturing technology based on digital light processing for production-oriented polymer applications to the Stratasys portfolio.

December 9, 2020  

Stratasys to acquire 3D printing startup Origin

Origin’s resin-based Programmable PhotoPolymerization technology expands Stratasys leadership in the fast-growing market for 3D-printed mass production parts.

November 23, 2020  

Montreal researchers develop 3D-printed plastic canvas with shock absorbing properties

The nature-inspired innovation could lead to the manufacture of a new type of bullet-proof glass, or lead to the production of more durable plastic protective smartphones screens.

November 18, 2020  

Braskem completes $10 million Innovation and Technology Center expansion in Pittsburgh

The investment adds eight new state-of-the-art laboratories with equipment for developing new proprietary technologies to support innovations in catalysis, recycling, and 3D printing.

November 16, 2020  

Researchers discover unique new polymer fibres

Strong and tough yet as light as a feather, the fibres are said to be ideally suited for technical components that are exposed to high loads.

November 9, 2020  

Scientist develops lightweight thermoset composite using novel 3D printing technique

Designed for aviation parts, the thermoset composite Emrah Celik produced is 80 per cent lighter than steel and 50 per cent lighter than aluminum.

October 19, 2020  

Researchers developing fully 3D-printed polymer spacesuits for Mars and beyond

A team from the University of North Dakota is using a $750,000 grant from NASA to develop the new flexible plastic spacesuits.

October 14, 2020  

New multicolour 3D-printing technique can be used for optical devices

Developed by researchers in Japan, the printing method can be used for developing optical, soft-robot, or medical components.

October 8, 2020  

Expoplast is now part of virtual manufacturing trade event

“Virtual Engineering Week” will run from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, and will present hundreds of virtual exhibitor booths spanning plastics, medtech, automation, design, and packaging.

September 28, 2020  

Lego-inspired 3D-printed bricks can heal bone and soft tissue

Developed by a research team at Oregon Health and Science University, the tiny, modular scaffolding can be used to regrow biomaterials to speed repair of injuries and broken limbs.

September 16, 2020  

Biodegrading 3D printing material could lead to disposable oceanic sensors

Scientists at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Florida have developed a 3D printable material made of a marine-biodegradable base polymer that would break down over time to reduce ocean litter.

September 4, 2020  

DSM partners to build 3D-printed composite footbridge

The footbridge, to be installed in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will be made from a fibre reinforced thermoplastic called Arnite, which DSM says combines high performance with circularity.

August 31, 2020  

New composite-based, 3D-printed artery can monitor blockages from the inside

The implantable vessel was developed by engineers from University of Wisconsin–Madison in collaboration with Zhejiang University in China.

August 7, 2020  

GM accelerates its 3D printing capability

The transformation powered by additive manufacturing is helping GM move faster, cut costs, and produce safer, lighter-weight manufacturing aids.

August 4, 2020  

To buy or not to buy a 3D printer?

For plastics processors with a steady use for 3D-printed parts, that’s definitely the question: is it better to make the investment for an in-house machine or outsource the printing? We asked some of the experts.

July 27, 2020  

Evonik opens new technology centre for 3D printing in Texas

Located in Austin, the will play a key role within its global innovation network in the development of new, ready-to-use materials for powder bed fusion.

July 16, 2020  

Evonik opens new 3D printing technology centre in Texas

The new site builds on Evonik’s purchase of 3D printing materials supplier Structured Polymers last year.

July 2, 2020  

DSM acquires part of Clariant’s 3D printing materials business

The partial takeover will allow DSM to better serve its customers rapid product development needs, with 3D printing filaments and pellets that meet the requirements of specific applications.

June 8, 2020  

Researchers use synthetic polymer for custom-made bone implants

The material for craniofacial bone grafts can facilitate cell regrowth and be tailored to an individual’s unique face and skull structure.

June 1, 2020  

Ontario researchers create tough, flexible sensor for wearable tech

Scientists at the University of Waterloo have utilized 3D printing and nanotechnology to create a durable, flexible sensor for wearable devices to monitor everything from vital signs to athletic performance.

May 26, 2020  

Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital turns to Javelin Technologies for 3D printers

Javelin supplied Jewish General with two Stratasys Fortus 450 mc 3D printers and one F170 printer, both dedicated to COVID-19-related production using fused deposition modeling materials.

May 22, 2020  

M. Holland now distributing Braskem 3D polypropylene filament

Braskem’s polypropylene features a proprietary formula that provides high stability, low warpage, and consistent extrusion, which makes it well-suited for prototyping 3D-printed parts.