Category Archives: Consumer Goods

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 , , ,

Google Invents Molding Process For Phone Lens

Injection molding is hot in Silicon Valley. Apple has famously invented new technology for the molding of amorphous metals and composites, racking up more than 50 patents in [..]

Consumer Goods, Electronics, North America , ,

Tiny Brush Is Produced in Highly Automated Cell

Engel and two partners will show an interesting display of cell integration at Plastec West that was first shown at K2016 last October. An all-plastic interdental brush developed [..]

Automation/Robots, Consumer Goods, Injection Molding, Injection Molding, Molds & Moldmaking , ,

Disney Seeks More Realistic Robots

Disney is turning to high-tech processes such as 3D scanning and 3D printing to make robotic characters in Star Wars films and amusement park rides more human-looking. In [..]

Additive manufacturing, Consumer Goods, Elastomers, Injection Molding, North America

New Insert Molded Electronics Are Very Thin

Polycarbonate film replaces light pipes in newly developed electronic illumination devices that are very thin. TactoTek, a Finnish manufacturer of 3D injection molded structural electronics is commercializing the [..]

Automotive, Consumer Goods, Design, Electronics, Europe, Injection Molding, Insert Molding ,

Walmart’s Buy America Program Is Falling Woefully Short

With much fanfare, Walmart announced a buy America program in 2013. It was obviously an important development because Walmart after all was the company that created the “China [..]

Consumer Goods, Management, North America ,

Panasonic: New Polypropylene Extends Life Of LEDs

The rapid transition to LED lighting may be facilitated by a new resin development from Panasonic, Osaka, Japan. The company announced this week that it has developed a [..]

Asia, Blow molding, Consumer Goods, Electronics, polypropylene

3M Targets Ultrasonic Assist To Mold Complex Optical Parts

3M has developed a technology that uses ultrasonic energy applied to a plastic-filled mold to relieve flow-induced stresses in a still-forming precision optical part. The technology addresses the [..]

Acrylic, Consumer Goods, Electronics, Injection Molding, North America , , , ,

Chinese Investor Poised to Take Control of Liquidmetal

One of the jewels of American advanced materials’ technologies is on the verge of a potential takeover by a Chinese manufacturer. Liquidmetal Technologies, a Caltech spinoff based in [..]

Aircraft, Amorphous Metals, Asia, Automotive, Consumer Goods, Defense, Electronics, Europe, Medical, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America , , ,

Missouri Molder Wins Back LSR Work From China

While the numbers show that manufacturing, on a net basis, continues to move offshore, there are still plenty of interesting stories about reshoring. A new one comes from [..]

Asia, Consumer Goods, LSR, North America ,