February 9, 2018

Evonik Turning Heads in Purple

Evonik is making it rain purple in 2018. The German based company has come up with a new amorphous nylon resin called Trogamid T5000, which has a transparency of 90 percent.  The resin can be dyed in a number of colors, including American Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year, Ultra Violet. “We are living […]

January 29, 2018

Plastics 3D Printing to the Rescue for this Chocolate Factory

Plastics save the day for chocolate lovers by improving the production of chocolate candy bars! Stratasys, Ltd. has created a nylon 12 carbon-filled material that Visual First has implemented into their 3D printing to make replacement parts for machines in The Chocolate Factory, a chocolate company based in the Netherlands. The Chocolate Factory relies on […]

January 22, 2018

New Plastic that Heals Itself

Cell phone glass repair shops could soon be a thing of the past.  Scientists have created a plastic that can actually heal itself.   The plastic is a blend of polymer loaded with monomer.  The polymerized monomer is able to “heal” small cracks in itself.  This plastic is a vascular like repair system involving a […]

January 12, 2018

Hospitals Short on Plastic IV Bags After Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico.  Many people were without food, water, and electricity.  The effects of the storm hurt hospitals in the United States, as many were left without plastic IV bags that are important to everyday operations. Mini-bags of IV fluid are used to dilute and distribute medication to patients.  There […]

December 29, 2017

Plastics Industry Expecting Large Growth in Jobs

A recent report from the Plastics Industry Association states improved economic growth for the plastics industry in the future.  It also states that improvements in shale gas-related investments should also help plastics grow. Since 2015, there has been a steady incline in the demand for plastic products, making the plastics industry the third largest in […]

December 18, 2017

Hottest Toys for Christmas are Made from Plastic

This year’s favorite toys are made from durable plastic sure to delight kids of all ages.  Toy companies like 50 Strong and BeginAgain are leading the way in producing great plastic products for this season’s Christmas holiday. 50 Strong has created a Scooter Stand for the holidays.  These stands are made from a low profile, […]

December 8, 2017

Plastic Collar Protects Athletes from Injury

It’s becoming a growing concern for many football players and their loved ones on the increasing evidence of neck and head injuries from the game. Even with helmets, concussions are still a problem.  Scientists have examined ways to solve this problem for athletes and have perhaps found a solution in woodpeckers.   Woodpeckers are able […]

November 13, 2017

Plastics and Building Envelopes

Our home is our safeguard from the elements.  Our roof protects us from rain and snow, our windows and walls protect us from heavy winds.  A building envelope helps protect you and your family from the outside.  But what is a building envelope? A building envelope works just like a normal envelope.  When an envelope […]

November 5, 2017

Stringbike uses Plastic Instead of Metal Chains

A Hungarian bicycle company is revolutionizing the way we ride bikes.  Stringbike is a bike that uses super durable plastic string instead of cumbersome metal chains to take you where you want to be.   The strings, made out of the wonder plastic Dyneema, move in a back and forth motion to pedal the bike. […]

October 27, 2017

Plastics and Halloween Safety

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick or Treating Halloween is coming up and it’s important to remember to stay safe.  Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe this Halloween. Remember the flashlights. Trick or treaters will be walking from door to door at night in many unfamiliar areas.  Equip your little ghouls […]