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less deforestion, cleaner oceans

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Now this is news that will make you smile!

toughness - whatever property that is lacking in that part that just broke

A Gardener Test Gone Wrong
In the world of engineering, the term toughness is used to describe the ability of a material to withstand sudden impact without failure. It is a simple concept, but the toughness of a material is often difficult to accurately measure. What exactly is a “sudden” impact? What is, and is not, failure?

The simple answer: Maybe

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Using re-grind in the injection molding process essentially means you are using a resin blend. The end result can be a mangy mutt, an elegant Bordeaux, or something in between.

A Profile from the Protocase User Community

the art barn
Take a look at this short video made by Protocase, one of my vendors.

The Four Horsemen of the Plastic Apocalypse

The Four Horsemen of the Plastic Apocalypse
Extreme environmental conditions - such as temperature, chemicals, radiation, even time – can wreak havoc on the performance of thermoplastic materials. I like to call the conditions the Four Horsemen of the Plastic Apocalypse.

Selecting Plastics for High Heat Performance

dog days are over
Unlike many other materials, thermoplastic materials have a unique relationship with heat.

Musings on Plastics, Poetry and Works of Art

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A few weeks ago, I took a journey up the California coast to Big Sur, one of my favorite places in the world. I attended a 5-day hiking workshop at Esalen, hiking into the wilderness during the day, settling back into the soul in the evening. It was a week of magic and mystery, mixed in with some poetry from John Muir. I even wrote a Muir-ism of my own.

A Method for Technical Evaluation

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Feel is often an overlooked aspect of material selection, but it offers significant advantages.

Insights from the 2015 National Plastics Expo

P2-16 process comparison chart
As a plastics guy, I am always interested in finding new thermoplastic materials, and in learning about new applications of existing materials. But sometimes, how you are going to make something is often just as important as what material you are using.

an epic tale of plastics in the pipeline

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In the development of new products, one of things I have learned to rely on is the knowledge and expertise of the suppliers that I work with.