Category Archives: North America

GM Eyes Advanced Aluminum Molds

General Motors is developing new hard-facing approaches using titanium and titanium carbide as it bids to expand the use of low-cost tooling made from aluminum or plastic composites [..]

Automotive, Injection Molding, Molds & Moldmaking, North America , ,

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

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 , ,

Injection Molded Ammo Wins Over Skeptics

Intellectual property and sales are growing for injection molded ammunition. While the original goals of the technology were to reduce use of copper and other expensive metals, other [..]

Defense, Injection Molding, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America, Polyamides, Sports

Medical Leads Steady MIM Growth

Innovative new designs continue to lead steady growth for the traditional metal injection molding (MIM) industry. The medical market is a strong performer, while firearms—the traditional leader—is down [..]

Medical, Metal Injection Molding, North America ,

3D Printer Creates In-Machine Castings

A Tennessee 3D printing startup is targeting a very specific production niche: cast plastic and metal parts in the 100 to 1000 volume range. Collider Tech of Chattanooga, [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Industrial, North America

New Eastman Cellulosic Alloy Targets PC, ABS

Eastman Chemical Co. announced development of an engineering bioplastic breakthrough in a press conference May 15 at Chinaplas. Eastman Trēva is an interesting material, but the words breakthrough [..]

ABS, Acrylic, Bioplastics, Consumer Goods, Design, Engineering Thermoplastics, Green, North America, Polycarbonate ,

Eastman Develops New Cellulosic Engineering Plastic

Eastman Chemical, a pioneer in the production of cellulosics for more than 100 years, is making its first foray into high-performance engineering bioplastics. Eastman did pioneering work on [..]

Bioplastics, Green, North America , ,

3D-Printed Carbon Preforms Are Overmolded In New Technology

Carbon fiber 3D printing and injection molding are integrated in a novel invention from a fast-rising Massachusetts technology startup. The concept targets small, complex parts now made from [..]

Additive manufacturing, Carbon Composites, Design, Insert Molding, North America, Reinforcing Material , ,

PlastiComp Expands Proprietary CFRP Compounding

PlastiComp, a compounder in Winona, Minnesota, is boosting capacity of an interesting, proprietary process to make long-fiber, carbon-reinforced plastic (CFRP) pellets. The additional, higher-volume carbon fiber pultrusion line [..]

Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Glass-Reinforced Composites, North America, PEEK, polypropylene