Category Archives: North America

Apple Develops Improved Sealing For Housings

Apple is developing a new injection molding technology to improve the watertight seal of mobile phone housings. In a U.S. patent application published today, adhesive is placed in [..]

Electronics, Injection Molding, Insert Molding, North America, Telecommunications , ,

Additively Manufactured PEKK Finds Aerospace, Medical Niches

One of former president Barack Obama’s most important legacies in manufacturing policy is America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), an initiative to advance additive manufacturing. [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Design, Engineering Thermoplastics, Medical, North America , , ,

Large 3D-Printed Plastic Tools Advance

When Boeing embarked on its ambitious plan to make huge structural sections for the Dreamliner 787 aircraft from carbon composites, big questions remained on manufacturability. The biggest composite [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Engineering Thermoplastics, North America, Polyphenylene sulfide, Reinforcing Material ,

Chinese Investor Pumps Some Life Into Liquidmetal

Long-struggling Liquidmetal is now operating under Chinese management, which is injecting capital and new life into the Cal Tech spinoff. One interesting development from a molding perspective is [..]

Amorphous Metals, Asia, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America

Carbon Reduction Projects Advance Despite Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump may feel that climate change is a hoax, but there will continue to be steady growth in new technologies that reduce the impact of the [..]

Aircraft, Bioplastics, Locations, North America, Packaging

Mexican Trade Issue Clouds US Plastics Outlook

President Trump’s Mexico policy is the elephant in the room as the U.S. plastics industry emerges from a difficult 2016. “Shipments of plastics equipment rose steadily during the [..]

Management, Markets, North America

BASF, DuPont Get Closer On Potentially Disruptive Bioplastic

A newly improved polyester bioplastic is potentially a major player in the production of bottles and film in food packaging. Many other applications are possible. DuPont and BASF [..]

Bioplastics, Europe, Green, North America, Packaging , ,

PolyOne Expands Conductive Compound IP

PolyOne, Avon Lake, Ohio, is expanding its intellectual portfolio of electrically conductive compounds with a new technology for incorporating carbon nanotubes in polycarbonate. A patent application published yesterday [..]

Asia, Conductive Material, Consumer Goods, Design, Electronics, North America, Polycarbonate , , ,

New Machine Reduces Entry Bar For Injection Molding

The “maker” manufacturing movement, which propelled 3D printing to headline status, is now embracing injection molding. For a $6,250 pledge on Kickstarter, you can get an injection molding [..]

Injection Molding, North America

Isometric Ramps Up Micro Molding

The small, but elite, club of custom micro injection molders in the United States has a new member. Isometric Micromolding of New Richmond, Wisconsin, is now rapidly ramping [..]

Medical, Micro Molding, North America ,