Category Archives: ABS

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 , , , , , ,

12 Machinery Builders Now Offer MuCell-Ready Equipment

The DVD video bezel frame in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class luxury sedan uses a molding foaming process to achieve dimensional stability, reduce warpage, lower weight and cut costs. It’s [..]

ABS, Automotive, Blow molding, Cooling/Heating, Gas-Assist Injection Molding, Injection Molding, North America, Polycarbonate , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

E-Mold Boosts Surface Quality in 2015 Ford Mondeo

The combination of a newly developed plastic compound and an innovative mold heating technology called e-mold is saving Ford $13 per vehicle on metallic appearance interior surface panels [..]

ABS, Automotive, Cooling/Heating, Design, Europe, Flow, Green, Injection Molding, North America, Polycarbonate , ,

Can David Slay Goliath? OU Grads Take On The Bigs

A Kickstarter-funded project to develop a new type of 3D printer hopes to unseat competitive printers that use expensive plastic filament. The new printer—called David—is interesting because it [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Bioplastics, Composites, PLA, Polycarbonate, Wood-plastic composite ,

Will 3D Printing Unseat LEGO From Its Lofty Perch?

LEGO, the Danish toy manufacturer, is quite possibly the largest captive molder in the world based on number of injection molding machines and number of plastic parts produced. [..]

ABS, Consumer Goods, Injection Molding , ,