Monthly Archives: August 2016

Lehrmitt uses 3-D printing for mold textures

Lehrmitt Associates Inc.’s design studios of Austin, Texas, is using 3-D printing to etch molds with tactile, textured surfaces that bring the finishing touch of an artist to plastic consumer products. “Our design team has been deploying leading technologies in product design, manufacturing and packaging for over 20 years,” said Bob Lehrmitt, president and owner.Read More

MAPRA Technik Becomes UK Distributor For RPM Injection Moulding Machines

Essex-based MAPRA Technik has been appointed the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for ‘RPM – Rubber and Plastic Machinery of Italy’. RPM, which is based in the North West of Italy, manufactures a range of injection moulding machines for the processing of rubber and thermosetting resins. Compared with traditional rubber injection moulding, the Ecotronic rangeRead More

RECYCLING and SCRAP RECLAIM: New Family of Shredders

Called the Raptor Series, these modularly designed units from Rapid Granulator feature a reported “world-first open-hearted” design. Size-reduction technology specialist Rapid Granulator, Bredaryd, Sweden, is introducing a new family of shredders for plastics. Called the Raptor Series, these modularly designed units feature a reported “world-first open-hearted” design. Other notable design features include a unique cuttingRead More

Bioplastics In The Spotlights During SPI’s Inaugural Bioplastics Week

Winner of its 2016 Innovation in Bioplastics Award announced This past week, from August 22-26, 2016, the Bioplastics Division of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association hosted its inaugural Bioplastics Week – a social media-based event to increase visibility for bioplastics together with various other partnering organizations, among which European Bioplastics, Plastics Europe, USDA BioPreferredRead More

What the Heck Is Up With California’s Recycling Program?

We’re tossing more stuff, and bulk recyclers are dropping by the hundreds. Few states have a greener rep than California, and for good reason. The state has a cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions, solar-energy production exceeding that of all other states combined, and, at the behest of Gov. Jerry Brown, it’s now mulling new targetsRead More

Kerala: 4-Yr-Old Undergoes Plastic Surgery After Dog Bite

Allan was bitten on his lips and chin, following which he was taken to a local government hospital. A 4-year-old boy in Kerala underwent a plastic surgery after he was bitten by a stray dog on Wednesday. His mother Suja, who came to his rescue, was also bitten.The incident took place when Alan B wasRead More

How to Successfully Design Plastic Parts

Injection-molded plastic part design is a lot like parenting. The job falls into your lap, you have zero qualifications, and yet, you are supposed to do it perfectly while blindfolded. It’s difficult to lunge forward with confidence when you are building on a poor foundation. There are engineering schools that offer an exclusive plastics track,Read More

PET Prices Drop; Others Remain Stable

PE, PP, PVC, PS prices stable for now, PET more volatile. Lower PE and PP prices have helped stabilize those markets, although ample PE supply could result in further decline. Feedstock volatility and unplanned outages appeared to put some upward pressure on PS and PVC, though any actual movement was far from certain. Further downwardRead More