Research & Development
New recycling method could make polyurethane materials sustainable
Researchers at Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota have improved the recycling process of polyurethane by developing a twin-screw extrusion process that improves mixing and air removal.
Israeli scientists develop polymer-based anti-COVID-19 surface coating
Scientists from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are currently developing anti-viral coatings for surfaces that could potentially reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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.
FedDev Ontario investing $5.2 million for CME to deliver program to help small and mid-size businesses
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 coronavirus
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 process
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 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.
ProAmpac to build new collaboration and innovation centre in New York
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 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.
HRSFlow and RJG partner to provide advanced process control
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 manufacturing
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 solutions
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” polymers
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 says
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 implant
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, Toronto
The free, one-day workshops will teach about thermoplastic compounds and provide valuable information regarding material selection.
Danish automation supplier OnRobot comes to North America
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 Nebraska
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 Award
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 students
The recipients are four undergraduates and one graduate student, and will support their continuing studies and active participation in plastics.