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Alabama college jumps on injection molding - Plastics News

Alabama college jumps on injection molding - Plastics News | What's Up in Plastics? | Scoop.it
Estimating a need for more than 400 injection molding workers in northwest Alabama over the next two years, Northwest-Shoals Community College is fast-tracking an injection molding technology program that will start this fall.The program comes at ...
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Making Biodegradable Plastic from Grass | MIT Technology Review

Making Biodegradable Plastic from Grass | MIT Technology Review | What's Up in Plastics? | Scoop.it
Engineers seek a cheaper biodegradable polymer.

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Perry Wilson's comment, June 5, 2013 6:09 PM
good to see they are using something other than human food for this.
ksraju's curator insight, June 7, 2013 9:37 AM

sustainability is key

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3D Printed Record - explore the current limits of 3D printing technology by Amanda Ghassaei

3D Printed Record - explore the current limits of 3D printing technology by Amanda Ghassaei | What's Up in Plastics? | Scoop.it

In order to explore the current limits of 3D printing technology, I've created a technique for converting digital audio files into 3D-printable, 33rpm records and printed a few functional prototypes that play on ordinary record players.  Though the audio quality is low -the records have a sampling rate of 11kHz (a quarter of typical mp3 audio) and 5-6 bit resolution (less than one thousandth of typical 16 bit resolution)- the songs are still easily recognizable, watch the video above to see the process and hear what the records sound like.  Also check out my laser cut records, made on wood, paper, and acrylic.


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Novel idea: a digital database for car parts

Novel idea: a digital database for car parts | What's Up in Plastics? | Scoop.it

Jason Torchinsky over at Deadspin has a brilliant proposal: Google should create a digital database for car parts.Not just a text-based one with which to find which parts are available for what, though that’d be a nice start. No, Torchinsky wants a database of literal car parts: the specifications needed to instruct a 3D printer to make the thing, right there before your eyes, in three dimensions.

 

He writes, citing the plight of the auto enthusiast:

 

"Even now, for most cars over 30 years old, parts availability is a huge issue. [...] So I propose we start scanning and saving parts now. This, of course, is not trivial, as 3D scanners are still pretty expensive, but they are around. Most major art schools with Automotive Design departments, like Art Center in Pasadena, have one. And 3D printers are getting cheaper and more accessible every year. It’s just a matter of time before they’re everywhere. The parts would be printed in plastic, which may be fine for dash knobs and interior fittings, but they’d have to be cast in metal for heavier-duty use, which is a good thing from your local independent machinist’s perspective."

 

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Anyone Who Says There's A Manufacturing Revolution In America Needs To ... - Business Insider

Anyone Who Says There's A Manufacturing Revolution In America Needs To ... - Business Insider | What's Up in Plastics? | Scoop.it
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In this chart, the blue bars is the total monthly change in job creation and the red bars are the change in manufacturing jobs.
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Some experts claim a resurgence in US manufacturing, but do the numbers indicate otherwise?

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Polymer passes Airbus qualification for lightweight aerospace components

Successful qualification of PEEK 90HMF40 polymer with Airbus has been secured by leading manufacturer of PEEK polymer solutions Victrex. The cooperation along the entire supply chain, from the material supplier to the OEM, is a crucial factor, especially as the aerospace industry continues to focus on replacing metals with plastics to reduce aircraft weight.Polymer passes Airbus qualification for lightweight aerospace components plastemart.com Trade listing for plastic products, plastic machinery and recycled plastics · Listing of used and reconditioned second hand plastics processing machinery and...


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Can “Infinite Variation” Be Mass-Produced Using 3-D Printing? - MIT Technology Review

Can “Infinite Variation” Be Mass-Produced Using 3-D Printing? - MIT Technology Review | What's Up in Plastics? | Scoop.it
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Can “Infinite Variation” Be Mass-Produced Using 3-D Printing?
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Is 3D printing the key to Africa's dire manufacturing sector?

Is 3D printing the key to Africa's dire manufacturing sector? | What's Up in Plastics? | Scoop.it
It’s not just a gimmick you often see on Kickstarter. 3D printing technologies have the ability to provide local communities with the access to facilities they need to produce and market their own ...

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MTD's curator insight, June 6, 2013 12:17 PM

3D printing has amazing applications but often it's the unintended consequences that are the most surprising, positively and negatively. If you can print without infrastructure, does that mean more potential production centres and a totally freed up value chain? 

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3D Revolution: The Future of Small Business Manufacturing by OPEN Forum

For more info, please visit:http://www.openforum.com/yourbusinesstv Each week MSNBC's Your Business features experts to share their secrets for improving your business. This week, if you've never seen a 3D printer, the first time you do, you may have a "wow" moment. The possibilities that this technology opens up for small businesses are limitless. Here's a quick primer to get you up to speed on the basics of 3D printing, what it could mean for the future of manufacturing, and how several entrepreneurs are already using this machinery.


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Four Trends Driving the Resurgence in American-based Manufacturing | Competitiveness content from IndustryWeek

Four Trends Driving the Resurgence in American-based Manufacturing | Competitiveness content from IndustryWeek | What's Up in Plastics? | Scoop.it
For a time, it was fashionable to outsource manufacturing operations. Later, outsourcing to specialized firms wasn’t enough. (RT @WorkforceInvest: RT @CompeteNow: Check out 4 trends driving the revival of American #manufacturing.
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Interesting insights, but how many industries are seeing an upswing and how long will it last?

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