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Aimplas, the Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia, Spain, has announced that at the end of 2014 the centre saw a total turnover of €8.6m, a 5 % increase on 2013, while the number of associates grew by 6% up to 540. 23 April 2015
Recently developed antimicrobial technology should help prevent infections in temporary hospitals erected in disaster areas. 23 April 2015
The European Plastics Converters Association (EuPC) and PlasticsEurope, together with the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), have announced that they have partnered to launch the first European Plastics Innovation Awards. 14 April 2015
The global market for additive manufacturing and 3D printing grew 35.2% in 2014 to $4.1bn (€3.7bn) vs. $3.07bn (€2.85bn) in the previous year, according to Wohlers Associates.  9 April 2015
Why do zips have to be straight? This question led three partners to create ZipZag, a zip which can curve in 3D and offers new freedom to designers, writes David Eldridge in this feature. The zip fastener is a product that is over 100 years old. Yet, in all that time no-one has come up with a design that allows zips to go round a curve. Wendy Howard and her partners Andy Honour and Ray Pitman think they have come up with the answer 7 April 2015
When Microsoft and Toyota aired Super Bowl ads featuring prosthetics users — Braylon O'Neill, 6, born without leg bones; and Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy, a double amputee at 19 — they showcased the tremendous technology behind the devices.
 
17 March 2015
Frog XT4 is a marine crew transfer capsule developed by UK-based Reflex Marine.  6 March 2015
The Polymer Process Research Centre at Queens University, Belfast, UK, is continuing work on the development of the cycle-time reducing Rotocooler device developed in conjunction with German rotomoulding equipment manufacturer, Maus. 5 March 2015
European Plastics News will become Plastics News Europe in April, starting an exciting new era of top quality coverage of Europe’s plastics industry. We are really looking forward to giving our readers great journalism, essential information, plus valuable insight and opinion, month after month. With 40 years of publishing history behind it, Plastics News Europe takes the best of what it already does and adds new features, greater reach and the familiar brand name of sister publication Plastics News3 March 2015
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


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