Canadian Plastics

3D Printing

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.

May 20, 2020  

MIT engineers use conducting polymers to 3D-print soft and flexible brain implants

These softer brain electrodes are meant to replace traditional implants made from metal and other rigid materials that can cause inflammation and scarring in the brain.

May 8, 2020  

Researchers create a new way to paint 3D-printed objects

Developed by engineers at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the new coating technique reaches nooks and crannies.

May 6, 2020  

PTI manufactures, donates face shields to 15 Ohio healthcare facilities

The packaging supplier had multiple partners on the project, which created and donated 5,000 of the face shields.

April 23, 2020  

Nexeo Plastics and Essentium sign distribution agreement for North America

Thermoplastic resin distributor Nexeo will distribute Essentium’s engineered thermoplastic polymer 3D printing filaments.

April 8, 2020  

3D-printed connectors help COVID-19 patients breathe while waiting for ventilators

The device was created by Belgium-based 3D-printing technology company Materialise, and is now being fast-tracked through the regulatory approval process in Europe and the U.S.

April 3, 2020  

Eastman steps up material production for face shields

The specialty material supplier has partnered with officials in Tennessee to support the local production of 10,000 protective face shields for medical personnel in the state capital of Nashville.

April 3, 2020  

3D-printed hands-free door opener combats spread of COVID-19

Developed by Materialise NV, the door opener is being offered as a free printable download in hopes that it catches on worldwide. 

April 2, 2020  

Mercedes-Benz offers its 3D printing capabilities for medical devices

The German automaker, which normally uses its 3D printing technology for prototype construction and small-series production for its passenger cars, can print individual medical components to help against the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 1, 2020  

Formlabs partners with U.S. hospitals to 3D-print COVID-19 test swabs

The nasopharyngeal swabs needed to collect samples for COVID-19 testing are in increasingly short supply in the U.S. as testing increases.

March 20, 2020  

Italian startup 3D-prints medical valves to help COVID-19 patients

The valves were printed when the regular supplier wasn’t able to provide the devices to a hospital in Brescia, northern Italy, in time to meet sudden high demand.

March 18, 2020  

Toronto researchers turn waste cooking oil from McDonald’s into high-end 3D printing resin

Using waste cooking oil has significant potential, the researchers say: it’s cheaper to make and the plastics made from it can break down naturally compared to conventional 3D printing resins.

March 2, 2020  

Researchers develop revolutionary reversible 4D printing process

A technique developed by researchers at Singapore University of Technology and Design allows 4D-printed objects to resume their original shape.

February 24, 2020  

New polymer patch can mend a broken heart

Bioengineers at the Trinity College in Dublin have developed a prototype polymer-based patch that could be used to repair damaged heart tissue following a heart attack.

February 21, 2020  

Arburg owners acquiring 3D printing startup German RepRap

Munich-based German RepRap develops and produces 3D systems based on fused filament fabrication technology, and recently added liquid additive manufacturing to its portfolio.

February 10, 2020  

Polymer-based, 3D-printed pericardial tissue project could save lives

A new three-year research project is developing biomimetic polymers that can imitate the mechanical properties of pericardial tissue, with the goal of making artificially produced implants for heart disease patients who are waiting for a donor organ.