Author Archives: Doug Smock

About Doug Smock

Former Chief Editor at Plastics World and Senior Technical Editor Design News

Micro Extruder for 3D Printing Could Debut Early Next Year

A newly developed micro extruder that could be a game changer for the 3D printing business could be on the market early next year, inventor and veteran screw [..]

Additive manufacturing

China Exit Crushes American Recycled Plastics Markets

Prices for recycled plastic have caved because of China’s planned exit from the marketplace. Prices for bulk rigid scrap have plunged this year from 9 cents per pound [..]

Asia, Green, North America, Post-Consumer Plastic

New Womer Extruder Targets Inefficiencies of 3D Printing

Veteran screw designed Tim Womer has developed a single-screw micro extruder to improve the cost effectiveness of 3D printing. A U.S. patent application for the technology was published [..]

Additive manufacturing

Coke Invents On-The-Fly System to Measure Bioplastic Content

Coca-Cola, arguably the largest global user of renewably sourced plastics, is developing a method to measure bio-source content on the fly. Currently used methods can be very time-consuming, [..]

Bioplastics, Green, Packaging

CFRP Roof Cuts Weight On New BMW M5

BMW is showing extended use of its carbon fiber roof technology at this week’s Frankfurt Auto Show.  First introduced on the E92 M3, the carbon fiber roof is [..]

Automotive, Carbon Composites, Europe

Apple Invention Combines Ceramics and Plastics

Apple is developing a comolded plastic and ceramic phone housing that combines the benefits of both materials. Traditionally phone housings have been molded plastic, but ceramics and glass [..]

Design, Electronics, Insert Molding, North America , ,

DuPont Takes Historic Exit From Plastics

For more than 80 years, The name DuPont was almost synonymous with plastics. Some of the industry’s greatest innovations emerged from the company’s famous labs in Delaware. Nylon, [..]

Management, Phenolics, Polyacetal, Polyamides

Invention Targets Mechanical Weakness of Molded-In Antennas

Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corp., Tokyo, says it has developed a superior compound for making three-dimensional antennas in cellphones. The glass-reinforced alloy of polycarbonate and ABS contains as much as [..]

ABS, Asia, Electronics, Filler, Injection Molding, Laser Structuring, Polycarbonate, Polystyrene, Reinforcing Material , , ,

Unique Micro Molder Makes Internal Threads

Successful micro molding machines are highly customized. Some players such as Accumold build their own machines to meet demands of specific molds. A relatively new German micro molder [..]

Automation/Robots, Electronics, Europe, Medical, Micro Molding, Molds & Moldmaking ,

Research Shows Path To Improved Thermal Properties

Researchers at the University of Michigan have invented a specific plastic compound that releases heat 10 times faster than a typical plastic compound. The invention has no short-term [..]

Electronics