INNOVATIONS BLOG

3D Model Using PLA for Pre-operative Animal Health Procedure...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 25, 2016 10:49:34 AM

3D printing is currently changing the human healthcare industry. Could veterinary medicine be next?  If veterinary schools have their say, then yes, it could. 3D printing is evolving from an expensive tool for giant industrial institutions into a ubiquitous industrial necessity, and perhaps even into a household commodity. It has also found many proponents in veterinary doctors and scholars. Evelyn Galban, a neurosurgeon and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Clinical Studies, said of a canine patient with a malformed skull, “It’s difficult to fully understand the malformation until we have it in our hands. That usually doesn’t happen until we’re in surgery.” That is, until now. To examine her patient’s skull deformity pre-surgery, Galban generated a 3D-printed replica of the patient’s skull. 3D printing could give veterinary doctors the option to study tangible models of the abnormalities they seek to correct. “To be able to hold a replica in your hand. The advantages of that are tenfold compared to a screen image,” said Frank Verstraete, from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Deidre Quinn-Gorham from Tuskegee University’s School of Veterinary Medicine recently completed a study that details the use of 3D printing in pre-operative animal health procedures. 

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Topics: 3D Printing

3D Printed Airway Splints for Babies...?

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 18, 2016 12:00:00 PM

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Clearly Crafted Plastic Pouches Bring Clarity to Baby Foods...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Happy Family’s Clearly Crafted baby food pouches use aluminum oxide for barrier and transparency—and the company prints the specific product recipe on the back. Happy Family’s new Clearly Crafted organic baby foods under the Happy Baby branding are all about transparency—and so is the packaging. In announcing the launch earlier this month, the company positions the 12-product line as the first national brand with fully transparent baby food pouches packed with premium, organic ingredients consumers can see. It is also the first organic brand to list its recipes directly on the pouch, according to the company. "Parents are looking for openness and honesty from the companies they buy products from, especially for their baby," says Shazi Visram, CEO and founder. "We developed Clearly Crafted with this in mind. We want to share every aspect of the product story, from the farms where we grow our ingredients to the recipes that we use. Parents can feel confident feeding their children, by knowing and seeing exactly what's inside the pouch."

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

Keurig Switches to Polypropylene But Has Long Recycling Journey Ahead...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 13, 2016 3:00:00 PM

After a decade of listening to complaints about the lack of recyclability of its K-Cups, Keurig, Waterbury, Vt., recently announced changes to its packaging but will they be enough for critics?

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Topics: Specialty Packaging

There's a New Water Bottle on the Market...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: Industry News

RAPID 400 3D Printer Based on SLA Technology

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 9, 2016 11:02:14 AM

On the TCT Show + Personalize Asia held in Shanghai on 12th March, 2015, Prismlab, as among the exclusive manufacturers of 3D printer using LCD (optical device) in the world, solemnly launched Prismlab RAPID 400 based on SLA technology. Soon afterwards, Prismlab team shocked the Chinese 3D printing industry again on the INSIDE 3D Printing show in Zhuhai when releasing Prismlab RAPID 600, one of the world’s largest rapid prototyping equipments based on SLA technology with Matrix exposure system. This self-developed printer with patented MFP technology delivers up to 10 times faster printing speed than most SLA systems with its high printing output of 1,500g per hour, and makes high precision & large printing dimension possible, bringing its clients with super-excellent UE. As told by Prismlab CEO, Mr. Hou Feng, this RP600 can be seen as a proof that Prismlab team has always committed to solve problems of low printing speed and high cost to help 3D with an earlier access to applications considering much on speed and costs, medical, statue, etc., making 3D no longer confined to R&D or high-end applications and making mass production possible. What will effectively explore a wider market for 3D printing? Prismlab finds a customized solution (3D printer and its consumables) will be an excellent choice to meet all kinds of requirements of various users.

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Resins See a Price Uptick in March...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 9, 2016 10:24:02 AM

Higher regional demand drove up North American prices for most commodity resins in March. Materials with prices on the rise included polyethylene, polypropylene, suspension PVC and PET bottle resin. In engineering resins, North American nylon 6 and 6/6 prices have declined since the start of the year. And in the recycled resins markets, high density PE prices are up in the last six months, while prices for recycled PP have dropped. PE prices surged an average of 5 cents per pound, canceling out price drops totaling that same amount that had hit the market in January and February. U.S./Canadian sales of high density PE were up almost 10 percent in the first two months of the year, according to the American Chemistry Council in Washington. Domestic HDPE sales were up only 1.3 percent, but export sales skyrocketed 48 percent for the two-month period. In the U.S./Canadian linear low density PE market, two-month sales grew 7 percent, with domestic growth of 3.5 percent boosted by a 20 percent uptick in exports.

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Stratasys 3D Printers Enjoy Software Upgrade...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on May 3, 2016 8:41:01 AM

Objet Connex3 Stratasys has upgraded its Objet Connex3 line of 3-D printers, which are designed to create multicolor, multimaterial, intricate parts that have the same appearance, form and function as parts made via conventional manufacturing. 

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Topics: 3D Printing