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Trolling for New Technology: ANTEC 2016

By Jan H. Schut New technologies at ANTEC 2016, the Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference, held this year in Indianapolis, IN May 23-25 (www.4spe.org), include an array of unusual functional structures created in plastics and composites by means … Continue reading

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First Coex Microcapillary Film Technology

By Jan H. Schut The world’s first coextruded microcapillary film was reported by Dow Chemical Co., Midland, MI (www.dow.com) at the Society of Plastics Engineers’ recent ANTEC conference in Orlando, FL (www.4spe.org) in March. The films are made by coextruding … Continue reading

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The Software behind Mega 3-D Printing

By Jan H. Schut How do you extrude a functional, full-sized car body without a mold? That’s what Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN (www.ornl.gov), set out to do when it developed the world’s first Big Area Additive … Continue reading

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Trolling for New Technology at ANTEC 2015

By Jan H. Schut The first two pellet-fed 3-D printers take the spotlight at the Society of Plastics Engineers (www.4spe.org) ANTEC 2015 Annual Technical Conference March 23-25 in Orlando, FL. Both are based on existing machine technology—one on extrusion, the … Continue reading

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First Melting with a Flighted Barrel!

By Jan H. Schut As commercial interest in micro injection molding picks up for high-precision, speck-sized medical and electronic parts, so is R&D. Probably the most unusual development in decades is a novel one-piece melting and injection unit for micro … Continue reading

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Thermoplastic Car Bodies Are Ready to Roll

By Jan H.Schut Two papers given at the Society of Plastics Engineers’ ANTEC 2014 Conference April 28-30 in Las Vegas, NV, (www.4spe.org) describe the development by Volkswagen AG in Wolfsburg, Germany (www.volkswagenag.com), of what is believed to be the first … Continue reading

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Meet the Future!

By Jan H. Schut Three New Technology Forums at the Society of Plastics Engineers’ ANTEC 2014 technical conference in Las Vegas, April 28-30 (www.4spe.org), focus on cutting edge developments in packaging, medical and 3-D manufacturing areas with applications ranging from … Continue reading

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