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A Method for Technical Evaluation

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

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.

a clever mechanical solution to a vexing problem

Often times, simple is better. (and it is rarely easy)

beautifully, unapologetically plastic

The new iPhone 5 is “beautifully, unapologetically plastic. . . . "

sometimes dumb questions can be really great questions

Eric R. Larson Dumb Question The world is filled with stories about business successes that were the result of a simple question. These stories usually involve lots of feel good moments, and a certain amount of childlike wonder, where someone was able to see things in a fresh new way.

a what????

As a engineer that specializes in materials (i.e. the plastics guy), I always enjoy design projects that push the limits of what materials can do. However, this story takes the cake.

what is the world coming to?

A great article about materials in design, and about teaching

time to wake up and smell the chocolate?

What would the world be like if medical technology was developed from the perspective of the user experience of the patient? Or to put it more simply, If Lady Gaga was a diabetic, What would her insulin pump look like?

I don't often showcase a gadget, but when I do, it's solving a real issue.

Grappling with color-matching, some manufacturers charge an arm and a leg for a color. Some give you all kinds of color variations, some of which might even match… sorta. Some follow Henry Ford in offering “…any color you want, as long as it is black.”