Research & Development
Toronto researchers turn waste cooking oil from McDonald’s into high-end 3D printing resinby Canadian Plastics
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.
FedDev Ontario investing $5.2 million for CME to deliver program to help small and mid-size businessesby Canadian Plastics
Called the Technology Assessment Program, CME will provide up to 175 SMEs in southern Ontario with in-depth productivity and technology assessments designed to encourage investments in new technologies.
Suit inspired by Batman could protect wearers from coronavirusby Canadian Plastics
Beijing design firm Penda has invented a shield-like suit with advanced coronavirus-fighting capabilities that it says can protect wearers from the potentially deadly virus.
Researchers develop revolutionary reversible 4D printing processby Canadian Plastics
A technique developed by researchers at Singapore University of Technology and Design allows 4D-printed objects to resume their original shape.
New polymer patch can mend a broken heartby Canadian Plastics
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.
ProAmpac to build new collaboration and innovation centre in New Yorkby Canadian Plastics
The flexible packaging manufacturer’s new 25,000 square-foot facility near Rochester, N.Y. will be opened by mid-2021.
Polymer-based, 3D-printed pericardial tissue project could save livesby Canadian Plastics
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.
HRSFlow and RJG partner to provide advanced process controlby Canadian Plastics
By combining HRSflow’s servo-driven FLEXflow hot runner with RJG’s sensors and eDART controller, the two companies say they’re able to sequence mold filling based on what’s actually happening inside the mold cavity.
Ontario investing $3 million in training pilot for automotive, advanced manufacturingby Canadian Plastics
The program will provide short duration training to help unemployed, underutilized workers, or those at-risk of being laid off.
DSM and Shapeways partner to develop scalable 3D printing solutionsby Canadian Plastics
DSM said the partnership will allow it to utilize Shapeways’ technology to “harness the power of on-demand 3D printing at scale, with just a small line of code.”
New 3D printing technology produces “living” polymersby Canadian Plastics
Researchers in Australia and New Zealand have successfully merged 3D/4D printing with a chemical process to produce “living” resin, with huge potential for fields as diverse as recycling and biomedicine.
Chinese cargo vessels responsible for most plastic debris in Atlantic Ocean, study saysby Canadian Plastics
A new study involving a Canadian researcher suggests that Chinese merchant ships – and not land-based sources – might be the leading cause of ocean plastic waste.
World-first surgery uses Aussie biopolymer in heart valve implantby Canadian Plastics
A U.S. patient has successfully received a polymer heart valve jointly developed by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and medical device company Foldax Inc.
RTP Co. offering free engineered thermoplastics workshops in Montreal, Torontoby Canadian Plastics
The free, one-day workshops will teach about thermoplastic compounds and provide valuable information regarding material selection.
Danish automation supplier OnRobot comes to North Americaby Canadian Plastics
The end-of-arm tooling maker for collaborative robot applications has opened a new R&D office in Los Angeles as part of its push into the U.S. and Canadian markets.
RJG partners with college to open injection molding training facility in Nebraskaby Canadian Plastics
Training supplier RJG and Nebraska’s Central Community College will be opening a new training facility in the town of Grand Island in the beginning of 2020, with RJG’s curriculum becoming part of the college’s program.
Ford global director Michael J. Whitens wins SPE Lifetime Achievement Awardby Canadian Plastics
A retired automotive industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Whitens spent the majority of his career at Ford in various body engineering disciplines.
SPE Thermoforming Division awards scholarships to five studentsby Canadian Plastics
The recipients are four undergraduates and one graduate student, and will support their continuing studies and active participation in plastics.
Customer Relationship Management software gets smartby Canadian Plastics
A new machine learning solution from Montreal-based AxiPolymer Inc. is designed to boost the effectiveness of CRM software.
Polymers give early warning signs of stressby Canadian Plastics
Researchers from Switzerland’s University of Fribourg and Japan’s Hokkaido University have devised a polymer with a sensor molecule that glows when it’s stretched, signalling that mechanical stress is building towards a catastrophic part failure.