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From space to Earth

April 8, 2015 11:31 am ET    |   Comments

The first items 3-D printed in space have arrived in Alabama for some down-to-earth testing.

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The wrench 3-D printed on the International Space Station, now on Earth for testing.


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Plastics recyclers suffering, PN pricing in the news

By  Don Loepp    |    April 6, 2015 11:43 am ET    |   Comments

Plastics recycling is in the news today, the subject of a Page 1 story in The Wall Street Journal headlined “Recycling becomes a tougher sell as prices drop.” The story tells the plight of plastics recyclers that is the result of lower prices for virgin resin.

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Plastic gets official for March Madness

By  Don Loepp    |    March 19, 2015 10:47 am ET    |   Comments

Getting tired of reading about Kentucky in all those March Madness stories? How about checking out Fox 40 instead.

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Expect to hear plenty of whistles during the NCAA basketball tournament.


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SAE may change, but auto technology marches on

March 13, 2015 12:24 pm ET    |   Comments

At the risk of sounding like one of those TV columnists/curmudgeons going on about the old days, remember when the Society of Automotive Engineers' annual World Congress in Detroit was a big deal?

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Plastics companies named manufacturing leaders

By  Don Loepp    |    March 4, 2015 5:58 pm ET    |   Comments

Frost & Sullivan has picked the winners of the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards, and once again the list is packed with plastics companies.

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Let's take a look at the fastest growing thermoformers

February 16, 2015 11:19 am ET    |   Comments

Plastics News publishes our 2015 ranking of North American Thermoformers today. In print, we rank the top 100, but online (plasticsnews.com/rankings/thermoformers) we've got full data for 228 companies. Let's take a look at some of the numbers behind the ranking.

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Plastics, thermoforming and the 2015 Super Bowl

By  Don Loepp    |    February 2, 2015 10:59 am ET    |   Comments

Chicago-area plastics processor MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. took its turn on the big stage again this year, with a 30-second ad that aired during Super Bowl XLIX.

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Some great videos about the future of plastics, plus a serious complaint

By  Don Loepp    |    January 27, 2015 2:32 pm ET    |   Comments

This is a blog post with two sides. On one, it's sharing some excellent videos that highlight the future of plastics. But on the other, it's a nagging complaint that I have with the plastics industry.

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Obama talks about composites and 3-D printing at Techmer PM

By  Don Loepp    |    January 10, 2015 10:01 pm ET    |   Comments

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited plastics compounder Techmer PM in Clinton, Tenn., on Jan. 9. While they were there, they talked about polymer composites and 3-D printing.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden view a 3D-printed carbon fiber Shelby Cobra car during a tour of Techmer PM in Clinton, Tenn.


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Your most popular stories of 2014

By  Don Loepp    |    December 29, 2014 8:57 am ET    |   Comments

Like most newspaper and magazine readers, I love top stories lists. And my favorites tend to be the ones selected by readers — which is easy in today's world of web journalism. Just look at the stories that get the most "clicks."

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