3D-printed connectors help COVID-19 patients breathe while waiting for ventilatorsby Canadian Plastics
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.
Eastman steps up material production for face shieldsby Canadian Plastics
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.
Formlabs partners with U.S. hospitals to 3D-print COVID-19 test swabsby Canadian Plastics
The nasopharyngeal swabs needed to collect samples for COVID-19 testing are in increasingly short supply in the U.S. as testing increases.
LASER FOCUSED: Southern Ontario startup really wants to clean your molds and platensby Canadian Plastics
This Ajax, Ont.-based company uses laser ablation as an alternative to the chemicals and abrasive blasting systems currently in use for surface cleanings.
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.
“Superworms” that eat polystyrene might help plastic pollution problemby Canadian Plastics
Researchers in Beijing have discovered that scavenger worms will eat Styrofoam, which is one of the most difficult plastic materials to biodegrade.
In the bag: Recycled plastic bottles are being reused for designer backpacksby Canadian Plastics
Each bag from fashionware designer Solo New York’s new Re:cycled Collection of bags repurposes plastic from between three to eight plastic bottles.
Clariant partners with Montreal firm to convert ocean-bound plastics into flame retardantsby Canadian Plastics
The collaboration between Clariant and sustainable resin supplier Lavergne is developing flame-retardant polyester compounds targeted to electric and electronic applications such as laptop parts.
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.
Plastic additives make for more durable highways in Indiaby Canadian Plastics
By preventing polymer degradation, light stabilizers from BASF are extending the service lifespan of geotextiles used as the country ramps up its road construction.
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.
Toronto nurse creates mosaic from medical plastic wasteby Canadian Plastics
Longtime nurse Tilda Shalof turned 10,000 pieces of sterile plastic waste into a vibrant mural that’s on permanent display at Toronto General Hospital.
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.
Molded Precision Components is pursuing perfectionby Canadian Plastics
Located near Barrie, Ont., this full-service engineering, product development, and injection molding specialist produces over 70 million high-precision plastic parts each year. And you could probably count the rejects on the fingers of one hand.
Unbottled potential: Nova Scotia beach house made from 620,000 recycled PET bottlesby Canadian Plastics
Built by construction company JD Composites, the 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom home has opened up a new way of turning plastic waste into eco-friendly housing.
Ford and McDonald’s collaborate to convert coffee bean skin into car partsby Canadian Plastics
Drawing on Canadian research, the companies are giving vehicles a caffeine boost by using coffee chaff in vehicle parts such as headlamp housings.
Avoiding a hot mess: The right way to maintain hot runnersby Canadian Plastics
Hot runners can improve part quality, enhance operational efficiencies, reduce scrap, and save money. But they’re complex and not exactly low maintenance. The good news is, you can overcome these challenges by addressing a few key issues.
W. Amsler Equipment Inc. just turned 25by Canadian Plastics
And the company’s Swiss-born founder and industry veteran Werner Amsler still takes pride in staying ahead of the technology curve.
A look at some resonating new resinsby Canadian Plastics
When it comes to food packaging, plastic is almost always a better material to choose than the alternatives. And speaking of better, here are some of the newest plastic resins and additives designed for both rigid and flexible applications.