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A novel 3D printing process developed by Branch Technology, Chattanooga, Tenn., was used in two recently completed unique projects. The firm, an architectural fabricator with a specialty in large-scale 3D printing, used compounds developed by Techmer PM for both installations—one an outdoor structure of record-breaking proportions in Nashville, Tenn., and the other an indoor hanging garden at Chicago’s Field Museum.

At the technology’s core, as described by Branch, is the Cellular Fabrication (C-FAB) production process, which combines industrial robotics, sophisticated algorithms, and carbon composite materials to freeform print-open cell structures. It is said to be distinctive in that it prints volumes as cellular matrices. The open-cell nature allows for efficient builds and endless dimensional form. For architectural applications, the matrix acts as a framework or scaffold to accept traditional building materials.

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Each year, we report on color trends for the upcoming year from a couple of the major colorant and additive suppliers, such as Americhem, Clariant and PolyOne. This year, Clariant was approached with an interesting challenge by Pel Plastic srl, an Italian company specializing in mold texturing and surface design. Inspired by Clariant’s color trend forecasting tool Pel Plastic asked Clariant to experiment with a radically different approach to product design.

A typical design project typically begins with a product concept and then quickly proceeds to drawings and prototype parts, all before selection of color and texture. Key account sales manager for Pel Plastics Mirella Sala noted that in viewing Clariant’s ColorForward 2019, it saw that the color trend tool is based on research into social trends and how they could influence the way consumers respond to different colors in the future. “This is something we have been doing with textures and the idea of looking at textures and color together—so that one can support and help express the other—seemed like a very interesting project.”

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Sponsored Content 15. August 2018

Heat Staking Vs. Ultrasonic Threaded Inserts

 

Both heat staking and ultrasonic processes for installing threaded inserts can be used by plastics processors looking for strong joints and reusable threads.

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Sponsored Content 15. August 2018

New Equipment Monitoring Promises Increased Uptime

 

Standing behind the SmartServices platform is Conair’s own team of process and service engineers. For instance, a 24/7 Instant Access Hotline makes part replacement or service just a call away. If on-site assistance is needed, Conair’s team of field service professionals includes almost 40 members.

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The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has developed a highly-visual fact sheet on the life cycle advantages of flexible packaging. The fact sheet is based on the recent report “A Holistic View of the Role of Flexible Packaging in a Sustainable World” prepared for FPA by Todd Bukowski and Michael Richmond, of business and technology management company PTIS, LLC.

The new report details the preferable environmental attributes of flexible packaging for six different package formats, and the industry’s efforts to address end-of-life challenges. The six package formats evaluated are: single-serve juice, coffee, baby food, laundry detergent, and motor oil.

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