Research & Development

March 18, 2020 Feature

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

by 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.

March 10, 2020 News

FedDev Ontario investing $5.2 million for CME to deliver program to help small and mid-size businesses

by 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.

March 9, 2020 Feature

Suit inspired by Batman could protect wearers from coronavirus

by 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.

March 2, 2020 Feature

Researchers develop revolutionary reversible 4D printing process

by Canadian Plastics

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

February 24, 2020 Feature

New polymer patch can mend a broken heart

by 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.

February 19, 2020 News

ProAmpac to build new collaboration and innovation centre in New York

by Canadian Plastics

The flexible packaging manufacturer’s new 25,000 square-foot facility near Rochester, N.Y. will be opened by mid-2021.

February 10, 2020 Feature

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

by 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.

December 30, 2019 News

HRSFlow and RJG partner to provide advanced process control

by 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.

December 17, 2019 News

Ontario investing $3 million in training pilot for automotive, advanced manufacturing

by Canadian Plastics

The program will provide short duration training to help unemployed, underutilized workers, or those at-risk of being laid off.

November 27, 2019 News

DSM and Shapeways partner to develop scalable 3D printing solutions

by 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.”

November 22, 2019 Feature

New 3D printing technology produces “living” polymers

by 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.

October 2, 2019 News

Chinese cargo vessels responsible for most plastic debris in Atlantic Ocean, study says

by 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.

October 2, 2019 Feature

World-first surgery uses Aussie biopolymer in heart valve implant

by 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.

September 23, 2019 News

RTP Co. offering free engineered thermoplastics workshops in Montreal, Toronto

by Canadian Plastics

The free, one-day workshops will teach about thermoplastic compounds and provide valuable information regarding material selection.

September 3, 2019 Feature

Danish automation supplier OnRobot comes to North America

by 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.

August 30, 2019 News

RJG partners with college to open injection molding training facility in Nebraska

by 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.

August 21, 2019 News

Ford global director Michael J. Whitens wins SPE Lifetime Achievement Award

by 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.

July 9, 2019 News

SPE Thermoforming Division awards scholarships to five students

by Canadian Plastics

The recipients are four undergraduates and one graduate student, and will support their continuing studies and active participation in plastics.

June 2, 2019 Feature

Customer Relationship Management software gets smart

by Canadian Plastics

A new machine learning solution from Montreal-based AxiPolymer Inc. is designed to boost the effectiveness of CRM software.

May 7, 2019 Feature

Polymers give early warning signs of stress

by 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.