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UK-based EOS has announced that its EOSINT P 730 plastic laser-sintering machine has been used by Bell Helicopter and 3D printing company Harvest to make helicopter parts. Heat distribution, powder degradation, dimensional accuracy, repeatability, component quality and performance, and the economics of manufacture were all examined to check the EOS machine met requirements for use in the aerospace industry, states the company. 24 February 2015
The prototype StreetScooter C16 electric vehicle (EV) shown by Stratasys at the Euromold fair in November has demonstrated the potential for 3D printing large body panels, and showed the scope for more rapid car design and manufacture. 20 February 2015
The first plastic objects to be 3D printed in space have been manufactured on the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting the Earth. 18 February 2015
In this feature James Snodgrass talks to Grace Lee, co-inventor of the Codlo, a kitchen device designed to bring sous vide cooking to the masses. Championed by modernist chefs such as Ferran Adrià in Spain and Heston Blumenthal in the UK, sous vide is a way of cooking whereby food is vacuum-packed in plastic before being placed into a water bath at a precise temperature. 10 February 2015
The Euromold 2014 fair played host to new launches from 3D printing systems makers serving diverse applications, in this feature EPN takes a look at them. There was a good turnout of visitors to the Euromold 2014 fair in November, which took place in Frankfurt for the last time before it moves to Düsseldorf for the 2015 edition.  10 February 2015
Denmark-based MaterialSampleShop, a spin-off from Futation.com which builds material libraries for engineers and designers, has announced that it now offers a plastic material sample set with moulded samples in 20 different plastic materials. The set contains standard materials such as ABS, PP, PC, and PVC, along with materials such as PSU, PBT, EVA, and several glass-filled materials. 4 February 2015
Polycarbonate sheet meets the demands of a “living roof” in a retrofit at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. 29 January 2015
UK-based LCR Hallcrest which specialises in the development and manufacturing of labels, inks and raw materials that change colour, has been working with Dutch agency, Miles Promocean, on its recent and on-going colour changing stirrer promotion for drinking chocolate brand Chocomel. The campaign is taking place nationwide within the Netherlands and is soon to be followed by another campaign in Belgium. 26 January 2015
There were 57 applications made for the 2014 AVK innovation awards. In this longer version of a previous feature David Vink looks at winners and a finalist which borrowed its design from an owl’s wing. 21 January 2015
R&D/Leverage, a mould maker and brand development firm, has formed a partnership with Hughes Design Group, a US-based visual branding and packaging design firm. 20 January 2015
Aimplas, the Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia, Spain, has collaborated with the company Solarays to create a new system which generates electricity from solar panels. Aimplas states that thanks to a tracking system, the solar panel system achieves a high concentration level of solar rays and increases efficiency.
15 December 2014
This year Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson’s annual “Pitch to Rich” competition has been dominated by start-ups working in, or with, 3D printing, writes James Snodgrass in this feature... As an entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, and his UK-based Virgin organisation, has made unpredictable choices and disrupted markets long before people started to use the word “disruptive”. 11 November 2014
Aimplas, the Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia, Spain, has helped with the construction of a new composite lighthouse in the city, which will highlight the use of composites in the construction industry. The lighthouse consists of carbon fibre several-centimetres-thick tubular profiles support a set of fibreglass floors slabs and their bracings. 4 November 2014
An unusual cycling helmet made of expanded polypropylene (EPP) has been designed to collapse for easy storage when not in use. A sort of flat-pack design allows the cyclist to reduce the helmet’s height by more than 50% when he or she takes it off.  4 November 2014
Australian scientists have developed a new material that can strengthen porous plastics by slowing their aging process. 3 November 2014

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