INNOVATIONS BLOG

Kids Design their Own 3D Printed Prosthetics...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 25, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Thanks to the kid-friendly design firm, KidMob -- which teaches kids to tackle community-based issues with skills like 3D modeling and printing, technical drawing and using power tools -- children missing limbs got to swap their bulky prosthetics for superhero cyborg arms they created themselves. “We'd like these kids to begin to solve their own problems and create their own solutions, recognizing that they have options beyond what is available on the market,” Kate Ganim, KidMob’s co-director, told The Huffington Post. “Also, we'd love for the kids to see themselves as super-abled rather than disabled.” The five-day workshop started out with a little improve to help the kids feel comfortable with their ideas, get the creative juices flowing and come up with their own “super power.” Then a few skill-building activities like 3D printing and scanning, plaster casting and sewing are taught. And, on the last day, the children presented their prototypes to an audience of 40-plus adults.

But how exactly are the arms built...?
“That's what the kids are there to figure out!” said Ganim.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas

What.... A Sugarcane-derived Plastic-based Carton?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 24, 2016 9:16:45 AM

Tetra Pak, one of the world's leading food processing and packaging equipment companies, announces the successful production of the first fully renewable Gable Top package in the United States. Tetra Pak® Gable Top Bio-based packages are made solely from renewable materials, defined as natural resources that can be replenished over time. The innovative new cartons are developed from a combination of paperboard and sugar cane derived plastics. First introduced in Europe in January 2015 as Tetra Rex® Bio-based, the new Tetra Pak Gable Top Bio-based package was specially adapted for the U.S. market. "Environmental excellence is one of Tetra Pak's strategic priorities and a driver of our product development activities," said Carmen Becker, president and CEO at Tetra Pak Inc. "We're proud to be the first to offer a fully renewable carton package to the U.S. market and believe that increasing the renewable content of our packages is not only good for the environment, but also offers our customers a competitive advantage." Tetra Pak customers using the standard half-gallon gable top with or without closure can easily transition to the new bio-based version without the need for any additional investment or modification to their existing filling machines.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas, Industry News, Specialty Packaging

FDA-approved 3D Printing Photopolymers for Dental Models...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 18, 2016 7:00:00 AM

DEARBORN, Mich. -- EnvisionTEC, among leading global manufacturers of professional grade 3D printers and materials, unveiled their new 3D print material E-Guard at the 32nd annual LMT LAB DAY from February 26 – 27, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL. “We’re thrilled to be able to announce the latest addition to our innovative line of premium 3D print materials at the largest dental laboratory event in America,” said EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani. “Our new material can be printed on our entire Perfactory® and Vida 3D Printer lines and is the perfect material for high throughput dental applications, providing on-site turnkey solutions for dental labs and offices.” EnvisionTEC’s 3D printing materials include wax-filled photopolymers such as Press-E-Cast for the high-detail production of copings and crowns; FDA-approved E-Guard for bite guards and the E-Gum material to create flexible gingiva masks and integrate them to 3D printed dental models.

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Topics: Industry News, 3D Printing

SEBS for Soft Touch Medical Devices...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 17, 2016 8:41:06 AM

PUTNAM, CT USA -- Foster Corporation, among the leading suppliers of polymer solutions for the healthcare industry, introduces ProFlex™ styrene-ethylene butylene-styrene (SEBS) for medical device applications. These polymers offer a low cost alternative to other thermoplastic elastomers with superior elastomeric properties. Styrene block copolymers (SBC’s), including SEBS, offer the greatest value among all thermoplastic elastomers. SBC’s provide design flexibility and resilience properties similar to thermoset rubber, while maintaining desirable processing characteristics of thermoplastics. ProFlex SEBS is suitable for use in conventional injection molding and extrusion equipment. Soft touch over-molding of ProFlex SEBS onto rigid thermoplastic or metal components provides a high friction, ergonomically friendly surface. Vibration damping and insulating properties make ProFlex SEBS ideally suited for over-molding of medical instrument handles and grips. Additionally, ProFlex SEBS polymers also have 20% lower specific gravity than other engineering thermoplastic elastomers, yielding more parts per weight.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas, Industry News

PEEK-based Tubing Surpasses Metal Tubing for Use in Aircraft’s...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, USA -- To improve the overall fuel efficiency and reliability of their new commercial aircraft platform, the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), selected VICTREX Pipes™ rather than metal tubing for use in high-voltage cable conduits. The new thermoplastic solution can deliver weight savings of up to 45% and is being supplied through the partnership of Beijing FeiHang Jida Aviation Technology Co., Ltd. and Victrex, one among the leading global PAEK-based solutions providers. As COMAC continues to move towards the launch of their first commercial aircraft, they are focusing on innovation to achieve their vision of delivering safe, cost-effective, comfortable and environmentally-friendly civil aircraft. COMAC and Beijing Feihang engineers are working with Victrex to address these challenges. The VICTREX® PEEK-based tubing surpassed airworthiness testing in China, which included maintaining operational performance under impact, loads, temperature variations, and other environmental conditions. With the technical expertise and support of Victrex, the companies were able to design a lightweight, cost-effective high-voltage cable protection system within a much shorter development cycle.

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Topics: Industry News

Largest Merger in Chemical Industry...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 11, 2016 11:30:00 AM

NEW YORK -- Chemical Industry’s one of the largest merger deals is going to happen. DuPont Co. and Dow Chemical Co. are in last stage of their merger talks.
Terms Discussed
Merger of two companies, with market value of approx. USD 60 Bn, shall be followed by a breakup of the company. Merged company would be divided into three business units: agricultural chemicals, specialty products, and materials, like plastics. Dow and DuPont’s merged company breakup is following the path of both Pfizer and Anheuser-Busch InBev. Pfizer – tilting to split into fast and slow growing business units. Anheuser-Busch InBev – selling big swaths to combine brands.

Investigation
U.S. Federal Trade Commission is likely to conduct the investigation. It will focus on the on individual product lines where Dow and DuPont compete and other rival companies to keep a check. As per analysis most significant overlaps are likely to be found in agricultural businesses.

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Topics: Industry News

FDA Denies etition for GMO Labeling...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Mar 11, 2016 8:27:11 AM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently took two actions regarding the hotly contested issue of labeling of foods and ingredients containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 1. On Nov. 19, 2015, FDA formally denied a 2012 Citizen Petition filed by the Center for Food Safety. Explaining, the Agency stated that the petition “does not provide evidence sufficient to show that foods derived from genetically engineered plants, as a class, differ from food derived from non-GE plant varieties in any meaningful or uniform way, or that as a class, such food present any different or greater safety concerns than food developed by traditional plant breeding.” 2. Also on Nov. 19, FDA issued a guidance on voluntary labeling of foods derived from Genetically Engineered Plants. In the guidance, FDA recommends the use of terms, such as “not genetically engineered,” “not bioengineered” and “not genetically modified through the use of modern biotechnology,” and discourages the use of the term “genetically modified organism,” as well as the abbreviation “GMO” as most foods do not contain entire organisms. FDA did clarify, though, that it does not intend to take enforcement action against a label using the acronym “GMO.”

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Topics: Industry News, Specialty Packaging