INNOVATIONS BLOG

NEW Coca-Cola Bottle Made Entirely from Plants

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jan 29, 2016 9:39:38 AM

The Coca-Cola Company unveiled the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials at the World Expo - Milan. PlantBottle™ PET plastic bottle packaging pushes the boundaries on sustainable innovation by using groundbreaking technology to create a fully recyclable plastic bottle made from renewable plant materials. PlantBottle PET plastic bottle packaging is The Coca-Cola Company’s vision to develop a more responsible plant-based alternative to packaging traditionally made from fossil fuels and other non-renewable materials. PlantBottle PET plastic bottle packaging uses patented technology that converts natural sugars found in plants into the ingredients for making PET plastic bottles. The packaging looks, functions and recycles like traditional PET but has a lighter footprint on the planet and its scarce resources. 

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Waste... Repackaged?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jan 26, 2016 9:36:16 AM

Three resourceful companies are changing the rhetoric on waste by reimagining it as feedstock for innovative bio-based packaging materials. Free trade coffee, biofuels, recycled plastics, non-GMO apples, conflict-free minerals, organic kale: What do all of these concepts have in common? They demonstrate the power of material feedstock in the market; that is, the idea that where something comes from impacts the sustainability of the product. Why make plastics out of non-renewable fossil fuel when you can recycle? Why rely only on fossil fuel when you can synthesize biofuels from corn? Why buy coffee or diamonds from war-torn regions where political agendas are fueled by such commerce when you can sleep easy at night, knowing that tomorrow morning’s half-sweet non-fat caramel Macciato is coming from the most ethical of bean growers?! I was at a sustainable packaging conference a couple years ago where I watched a presentation from the World Wildlife Fund. This was when I was first introduced to the ethical implications of making products like plastic and fuel out of food; how can you justify producing resource-intensive crops like corn or potatoes for anything but human consumption when so much of the worlds’ communities are starving, the WWF inquired? This isn’t a new argument but it is powerful; and, perhaps, helped lay the foundation for the new wave of biomaterials being constructed by several innovating companies.

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Clean Room Technology for Medical Applications...?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jan 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

From 26 to 29 January 2016, WITTMANN BATTENFELD will present to interested trade visitors latest clean room technology in injection molding at the interplastica in Moscow in hall 03, booth B17. Technology for medical applications is in demand even in difficult economic times. Therefore WITTMANN BATTENFELD is presenting at this year’s interplastica an injection molding machine from its all-electric EcoPower series specially designed for clean room applications in medical technology. WITTMANN BATTENFELD has been active in medical technology for many years, with the main focus placed on micro injection molding so far. In 2015, the company has intensified its activities in this area and installed a clean room cell of its own at its Kottingbrunn plant, where the company’s machines are qualified for clean room requirements. In the design of the EcoPower equipped for clean room applications, special attention has been paid to the cleanness of the mold space, and to keeping the machine’s emissions to the environment – that is to a clean room – as low as possible. For this purpose, the machine comes with the EcoPower “clean package”. This package includes among other things a water cooling system for the entire machine with a closed cooling circuit, nickel-plated mold fixing plates, use of food-grade lubricants and a special detergent- and disinfectant-resistant coat of paint. The machine also comes with a laminar flow box, a reject separator and an encapsulated clean-room conveyor belt installed below the clamping unit, supplied by Max Petek Reinraumtechnik, Germany

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Polymaker 3D Printing Materials used to Develop Watch Prototypes...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jan 12, 2016 10:02:51 AM

In 1972, Japan’s first ever selvedge denim was produced in Kojima at Kurabo Mills. Since then, Japanese selvedge denim has become well-known and well-loved by denim enthusiasts the world over for its premium construction and the artistry involved in its creation. For denim-lovers, the names Evisu, Samurai, and Japan Blue represent the gold standard and Garibaldi Watches hopes to join the ranks of the denim-elite with their line of Japanese Selvedge Denim watches. Garibaldi, a newly developed brand that hopes to bridge the gap between streetwear and high-luxury goods, is hoping to raise $10,000 through Indiegogo to take their product to the public. You have to crawl before you run and before Garibaldi was ever ready to consider the possibility that they could produce these watches on the scale that demand will set, they needed to fully develop their idea and convince others that it was worth an initial investment. 3D printing allowed the team at Garibaldi to rapidly produce prototypes and work through the development process down to its finest scale of detail.

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PE-based Flexible 3D Printing Material...?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jan 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Recognizing a growing need for 3D printing materials with higher durability as well as unique flexibility, taulman3D and DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers (DuPont) worked together to manufacture and release a unique new flexible material to the 3D printing community called T-lyne that uses DuPont™ Surlyn® ionomer. T-lyne is a unique, crystal clear polyethylene copolymer developed specifically for high durability, flexibility, unique viscosity and a wide temperature range. Glass-like aesthetics can easily be obtained at high layer sizes using low speed and low temperatures in the range of 190 C to 210 C. Utility style parts are easily printed faster at standard layer sizes using higher temperatures up to 245 C, depending on nozzle size. Most notably, DuPont™ Surlyn® in T-lyne meets FDA 21CFR 177.1330(a) and can potentially be used in prosthetics where the most unique feature is the ability to immerse a part into hot water, make some minor adjustments, then cool the part and the part will maintain the adjustments as if it were printed in final form. For years, clinics have used polyethylene braces, temporary casts and corrective positioning components to more closely match the end user’s exact needs. The clarity of T-lyne allows one to see into or through a part with as many as 5-8 perimeters and determine where adjustments may be needed. This same clarity is used for non-destructive evaluation of any printed utility part as internal adhesion is paramount. Also, T-lyne has a surface that is not slippery, making hand tools made from T-lyne unlikely to slip out of one’s hand.

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New Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer Improves Surgical Precision...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jan 6, 2016 9:14:47 AM

MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel -- Stratasys Ltd. among the leading global providers of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, introduced the Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany. Leveraging Stratasys' unique triple-jetting technology, the Objet260 Dental Selection raises the bar in 3D printed dental model realism to improve the accuracy and efficacy of digital dentistry. The versatile new 3D printer is designed to help mid- to large-sized dental and orthodontic labs grow their business by producing realistic models with true-to-life look and feel as part of their end-to-end digital dentistry workflow, including intra-oral scanners.
Its ability to build diverse models with multiple materials on one tray, in one print job, increases productivity which can further improve profitability. "We are using the Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer to produce realistic 3D printed gingiva masks and models we couldn't do before. We have not had 3D printed dental models that so closely resemble the actual teeth and gums," said Stefan Remplbauer, general manager of Austria-based 3DMedicalPrint. "The initial reactions from our customers, which include dental technicians, dentists and surgeons, have been extremely positive. This is definitely going to help set 3DMedicalPrint apart from our competitors."

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