Heather Caliendo Senior Editor

Heather Caliendo serves as Senior Editor for Plastics Technology magazine where she writes and edits feature stories for the recycling and 3D printing sectors. Heather has been covering the global plastics industry since 2012, with a specific focus on end-market trends and sustainability. She started her career writing about aerospace and technology at The Journal Record, a daily business newspaper in Oklahoma. She received her bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Oklahoma.

Recycling

Designing Recycled Content: How Processors Fit In

By: Heather Caliendo

Brand owners, material suppliers and processors weigt in on the challenges and opportunities of designing applications with recycled content.  

Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing: Through the Molders’ Lens

By: Heather Caliendo

Many in the manufacturing world experienced first-hand how agile and efficient 3D printing is when companies began to print products to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  Custom molder EVCO expanded its 3D printing capabilities during this time to help produce parts quickly.  

Electronics

Closed-Loop Recycling Makes Old Printer Cartridges New Again

By: Heather Caliendo

Canon runs a big recycling operation in Virginia where it collects and sorts toner cartridges, pelletizes the scrap, then molds new cartridges from the reclaim.  
#sustainability #closeupontechnology

Recycling

Building an Ocean-Bound Plastics Supply Chain

By: Heather Caliendo

Atando Cabos, working with partners ExxonMobil and Engel, is taking discarded fishing rope and transforming it into raw material to reincorporate into the production chain as long-term recyclable products.  
#sustainability

NEWS

Braskem Expanding into the 3D Printing Market

By: Heather Caliendo

In 2020, Braskem launched polypropylene for fused filament fabrication, SLS powder bed fusion, and industrial scale pellet extrusion.
#polyolefins

Additive Manufacturing

New Liquid Materials for Additive Manufacturing

By: Heather Caliendo

Suited to use in automotive and microelectronic applications, these light-curing epoxy resins have been optimized specifically for industrial 3D printing applications.

NEWS

Cosmetics Packaging Made with Eastman Cristal Renew

By: Heather Caliendo

Axilone is producing luxury packaging with 50% certified recycled content in the U.S., Europe and China.
#sustainability

NEWS

Borealis and Tomra Open Mechanical Recycling Demo Plant

By: Heather Caliendo

The new plant will produce ready-for-market fully formulated polymer pellets. 
#sustainability

Additive Manufacturing

New Technology Combines 3D Printing with Injection Molding

By: Heather Caliendo

This new concept 3D prints a metallic endoskeleton and then injection molds a special polymer around that skeleton.
#closeupontechnology

Additive Manufacturing

Key Additive Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2021

By: Heather Caliendo

EOS, HP, Carbon and Essentium give a preview of what to expect from additive manufacturing in 2021.  

NEWS

Ineos R&D Project Develops Styrenic Polymer for 3D Printing that Boasts 67% Energy Savings

By: Heather Caliendo

The purpose of the PolySLS project was to develop and test a new styrene based polymer compound for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS).

NEWS

Stratasys Completes Acquisition of Origin

By: Heather Caliendo

The acquisition adds Origin’s software-centric additive manufacturing solution, which focuses on digital light processing for production-oriented polymer applications.