Features


April 8, 2020 Feature

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

by 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.

April 3, 2020 Feature

Eastman steps up material production for face shields

by 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.

April 1, 2020 Feature

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

by 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.

March 24, 2020 Feature

LASER FOCUSED: Southern Ontario startup really wants to clean your molds and platens

by 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.

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 18, 2020 Feature

“Superworms” that eat polystyrene might help plastic pollution problem

by Canadian Plastics

Researchers in Beijing have discovered that scavenger worms will eat Styrofoam, which is one of the most difficult plastic materials to biodegrade.

March 16, 2020 Feature

In the bag: Recycled plastic bottles are being reused for designer backpacks

by 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.

March 13, 2020 Feature

Clariant partners with Montreal firm to convert ocean-bound plastics into flame retardants

by 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.

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 3, 2020 Feature

Plastic additives make for more durable highways in India

by 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.

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 17, 2020 Feature

Toronto nurse creates mosaic from medical plastic waste

by 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.

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.

February 5, 2020 Feature

Molded Precision Components is pursuing perfection

by 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.

January 26, 2020 Feature

Unbottled potential: Nova Scotia beach house made from 620,000 recycled PET bottles

by 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.

January 8, 2020 Feature

Ford and McDonald’s collaborate to convert coffee bean skin into car parts

by 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.

December 31, 2019 Feature

Avoiding a hot mess: The right way to maintain hot runners

by 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.

December 23, 2019 Feature

W. Amsler Equipment Inc. just turned 25

by Canadian Plastics

And the company’s Swiss-born founder and industry veteran Werner Amsler still takes pride in staying ahead of the technology curve.

December 16, 2019 Feature

A look at some resonating new resins

by 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.