Category Archives: ABS

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 ,

SABIC Strikes Gold With PC Glazing

SABIC stuck to its guns and is slowly starting to see substantial results from years-long efforts to advance polycarbonate glazing in cars. The company announced today that the [..]

ABS, Asia, Automotive, Design, Green, Injection compression, Injection Molding, Polycarbonate , , ,

SABIC Completes Reorganization

The SABIC plastics reorganization was completed Jan.1, leaving a strong commodity business, a beefed-up Detroit focus, and major questions surrounding the Specialties plastics products—basically the former GE Plastics [..]

ABS, Engineering Thermoplastics , , ,

Can Injection Molding Save Stratasys?

Stratasys, the global leader in additive manufacturing, this morning reported very disappointing quarterly financial results, reflecting the plunge in its MakerBot business, global economic weakness, and increased competitiveness [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Africa/MidEast, Design, Europe, Industrial, Injection Molding, Molds & Moldmaking, North America, Polyacetal , , , , ,

Where Do Engineering Plastics Fit at SABIC?

Several tough years in the polycarbonate business are taking a toll on the two companies that invented the transparent engineering plastic that has been plagued by weak pricing, [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Automotive, Construction, Engineering Thermoplastics, Foam, Polycarbonate , , ,

Lego: No Plans To Produce Plastics

Lego is spending $146 million to develop a new sustainable plastic. It’s not often that manufacturers of children’s toys, or of almost anything for that matter, decide they [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Bioplastics, Consumer Goods, Europe, Injection Molding, Polycarbonate , , ,

Lexmark Makes Impressive Gains In PCR Use

James Drummond, who leads plastics engineering at Lexmark, has a very interesting and aggressive view about the future of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics. He is espousing—and implementing—a concept [..]

ABS, Design, Electronics, Flame Retardant, Green, North America, Polystyrene , ,

Tiko Is The New Big Thing in 3D Printing

The promise of additive manufacturing is attracting plenty of creative, and very interesting, engineering. On one end, injection molding machinery manufacturers such as Arburg and Sandretto are creating [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, PLA, Polyamides, Polystyrene , , , , , ,

PEEK, PEI Growth Explodes While PC Plants Close

Growth for high-end, specialty engineering plastics will far outpace the bread-and-butter, big-volume types as design engineers push the needle on applications requiring high heat or other demanding properties in [..]

ABS, Aircraft, Automotive, Engineering Thermoplastics, Medical, Oil Country, PEEK, Polyamides, Polycarbonate, Polyphenylene sulfide , , , , , , ,

SABIC Surprises At NPE With Focus on Additive Manufacturing

There is an interesting, and to some extent unexpected, focus on additive manufacturing at NPE2015, a show dominated by the big iron of injection molding, extrusion, and other [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Automotive, Carbon Composites, Engineering Thermoplastics, Polycarbonate , , , , , ,