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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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Law denies benefits to former Nazis, including former plastics executive

By  Don Loepp    |    December 18, 2014 5:53 pm ET    |   Comments

A bill signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 18 ends Social Security benefits to some people who have been stripped of their U.S. citizenship — including the former owner of an Ohio injection molding company.

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Study estimates 269,000 tons of plastic in world's oceans

By  Don Loepp    |    December 10, 2014 7:25 pm ET    |   Comments

The 5 Gyres Institute has released a study that estimates the quantity of plastic in the world's oceans. And it's a very big number.

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Plastics and politics ... it's serious business

By  Don Loepp    |    December 4, 2014 5:20 pm ET    |   Comments

The Washington Post's "The Fix" blog has some fun today with Plastics News' political coverage. The post, "Trade and hobby magazines have the best presidential campaign coverage. Seriously."

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Thanksgiving balloons — yep, they're plastic

By  Don Loepp    |    November 26, 2014 1:59 pm ET    |   Comments

As you sit in front of the TV on Thanksgiving morning and watch the parade, keep this in mind —— plastics make it possible. I'm talking about those big balloon characters, of course.

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New registration process for plasticsnews.com (Psst: It's still free)

November 18, 2014 10:44 am ET    |   Comments

If you've clicked on a story link on the web for Plastics News this week, you've noticed something a little different.


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Astronauts, 3-D printing and hoverboards? Sounds good

November 5, 2014 11:01 am ET    |   Comments

Buzz Aldrin may have been the second person to step on the moon, but he was definitely the first former moonwalker to ride a hoverboard.

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Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin checks out Autodesk's prototype 3-D printer Ember with Chief Technology Officer Jeff Kowalski.


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A look at the fastest-growing companies in our blow molders' ranking

November 3, 2014 9:35 am ET    |   Comments

Today Plastics News published its annual ranking of North American blow molders. Let's look at some of the details behind the data.


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Arburg's Heinz Gaub talks about plastics and additive manufacturing

By  Steve Toloken    |    October 23, 2014 9:26 am ET    |   Comments

One year ago, Arburg GmbH + Co. KG became the first plastics machinery company to get into the business of making additive manufacturing machines, launching trial production.

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