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3D Print a Doll of Yourself and Other Strange Objects

This video shows several odd 3D-printed objects. My favorite is the 3D printed doll of yourself. How that’s for a perfect holiday present? Other strange and cool objects include a ready-to-crawl caterpillar robot and a 3D printed music box. Another is 3D-printed sugar that is flavored. How about a bacterial tattoo? The 3D-printed flosser is another peculiar product. Just looking at the contraption is scary. Talk about frightening, look at…

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2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Plastics People

From the sublime — stunning haute couture fashioned partly out of ocean plastics — to the ridiculous — a bubble wrap suit (really) — here are some unique gift ideas as you shop for the plastics enthusiast in your life. Not to worry — there are plenty of sensible, practical suggestions for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, as well, and at prices that would make even Scrooge smile. But admit it — we had you…

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Teknor Apex Broadens Palette with Lanier Color Acquisition

Compounder Teknor Apex has acquired Lanier Color Co., a supplier of color concentrates and specialty compounds for the thermoplastics industry based in Gainesville, GA. The acquisition comes on the heels of Teknor Apex’s acquisition of Dorum Color in August, and will help further accelerate its strategic objectives while giving customers access to more diversified products, said the company. Teknor Apex is headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, and operates 14 manufacturing facilities…

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Thermoplastic Wheel Takes the Rough Road

Oribi Composites has launched what it calls the world’s first high-performance off-road utility vehicle (UTV) wheels made with advanced thermoplastic composite materials. The new composite UTV wheels are 50% lighter than aluminum yet are able to handle extreme terrain and driving conditions with no compromise to overall strength and toughness. Commenting on the development, Matt Christensen, VP Business Development – Wheels, told PlasticsToday: “The specific [thermoplastic] material used in the…

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It’s Showtime Folks: Registration Open for Inaugural PTXPO

Registration is open for The Plastics Technology Expo (PTXPO), presented by Gardner Business Media Inc. and its media brands Plastics Technology, MoldMaking Technology, and Additive Manufacturing.  The event will take place March 29-31 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., close to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. The halls of PTXPO will be filled with equipment, machinery, tooling, materials, and more to help North American plastics processors find out what’s new out…

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