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3D Printing and Molding Bone Replacements

One company, FibreTuff is compounding a cellulose-based biomaterial for 3D rinting and molding of medical devices for spine, trauma and sports medicine.  One major benefit to the material is that it can be seen on x-rays without the introduction of additives a term known in medical circles at r...

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The Canadian Conundrum

As of right now, the US economy is doing well, but what about our second-largest export market?  There is a believe that Canada's consumer spending is past its peak and will see a downward trend over the next two years.  Compared to the US, Canadian households have much higher levels of de...

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Happy Memorial Day!

Thank you to those who courageously gave their lives and those that bravely fight today. May we never forget freedom isn't free. We will reopen at 8am on Tuesday May 29th. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

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A science fiction take on plastics

Plastic Eating Microbes Have Potential for PET It sounds like a science-fiction movie, but scientists working in Japan working with a plastic-eating microbe created a mutant enzyme that breaks down PET.  PET is widely used in millions of plastics bottles. By tweaking the enzyme while studying i...

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Plastics and Fashion

We don't usually realize that plastics touches all parts of our lives and fashion is an area that we typically forget about plastics' role.  Spring and summer 2018 will have plastics on the runways.  And while the runways themselves will be made with plastic products, so will the clothing...

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China Plastics Ban

China banned foreign waste it considers foreign garbage in 2017.  Worldwide China is the primary market for recycled mix-use plastic and other recycled materials because of it is the primary producer of plastics goods.   For the US and the world, there are several things that will cha...

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Extrusion is Hot!

Sales of extruders and extrusion equipment are helping the plastics industry hold onto its market share. While sales of new injection molding equipment is down, new extruder and auxiliary equipment have seen an increase in global demand. It may be hard to see growth in plastics overall in the near f...

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