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Words like ‘how’, ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘best’ and ‘solve’ figure prominently in the most-popular articles on Plastics Technology in 2017. Many of these articles continue to have relevance for processors even after their initial publication.

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Hurricanes, volatile resin prices, 3D printed molds, “liquid” metal molding, shrimp shells turned into shopping bags and caterpillars that eat shopping bags—the ten most popular blogs from 2017 reflect an eclectic industry.

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In 2017, Plastics Technology’s twitter feed—@plastechmag—churned out more than 800 tweets, reporting from events all around the world and sharing stories, pictures and videos from our site and magazine. Check out this month-by-month breakdown of our Top Tweets in 2017, as we strived to stay top on top of all things #Plastics.

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Plastics Technology’s YouTube Channel generated more than 14,000 views of its videos in 2017, with viewers clocking in a total watch time of 16,325 minutes. Here are the 10 most popular videos we published in 2017. (If you subscribe here, you can be updated when we create a new video).  

No. 1—Universal Robots Debuts a “7th Axis” Cobot

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It was finals weeks at UMass Lowell’s Plastics Engineering program, but Robert Malloy, former department chair and now a professor emeritus, and David Kazmer, current department chair, graciously gave me some time to talk plastics training and education.  

The full report will be in a forthcoming article, with insights from Kazmer and Malloy into the past, present and future of America’s longest running plastics engineering program. Founded in 1954, the plastics engineering department offers one of only four ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology) accredited programs in the U.S., joining University of Wisconsin Stout, Penn State Behrend and Pittsburg State University *. UMass Lowell boasts more than 3000 graduates working in the plastics industry.

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