NPE2018 Show Daily - Wednesday

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WEDNESDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY cooling channels to create more effecঞve cooling, improved part quality and reduced cycle ঞme for high-volume producঞon. 5. Customizaঞon for consumer products 3D prinঞng provides opঞons for consumer products to be tailored to individuals, follow- ing the example of custom-printed medical and dental products. Footwear companies like Footprint 3D are starঞng to use 3D scans of an individual's feet to 3D print custom midsoles, hinঞng that more consumer prod- ucts may soon follow suit. 6. New manufacturing business models 3D printers replacing tradiঞonal machin- ery provide manufacturing plants the opঞon to locate anywhere, including in the middle 3D Prinঞng, conঞnued from page 1 sঞcky feel and due to its high transparency, is said to be ideal for applicaঞons requiring cus- tom pigmentaঞon or vibrant colors, a forte of Kraiburg TPE. Turkey's Elastron (Booth S16013), a global producer and marketer of TPEs for over 35 years, is opening a North American head- quarters in Gainesville, Georgia. Last year, the company announced a partnership with thermoplasঞcs distributor M. Holland Co. to provide an alternaঞve source of TPVs and other TPEs to the North American wire & TPEs, conঞnued from page 16 cable market. The two have been qualifying Elastron TPEs ahead of the new 32,000-square-foot Gainesville compounding facility, due on stream in third quarter. The facility will produce a broad range of thermo- plasঞc elastomers including TPV, TPO, SBS and SEBS. Elastron USA will serve all major markets including automoঞve, industrial, construcঞon, medical, consumer and E/E. Elastocon TPE (Booth S29029) is unveiling its latest grades of compounds for medical grade applicaঞons. Having recently passed USP Class VI tesঞng for respirators and other medical product applicaঞons, these two grades—Elastocon 8028N and Elastocon 8068N—can be injecঞon molded, extruded or over-molded. Properঞes include high flow to enable complex part design and flexibility with Shore A hardness of 28A and 68A. The grades are odorless and said to offer excel- lent cold weather and UV stability. Elastocon reports that they have good surface finish and provide resistance to chlorine and most saniঞzers as well as many cleaning products. As such, these new grades offer designers, manufacturers and marketers of medical and industrial as well as consumer products and parঞcularly respirators a full complement of design flexibility. The firm also can develop custom grades for specialized applicaঞons. Star Thermoplasঞcs (Booth S37075) is fo- cusing on its expanded StarSo[ line of super clear TPE compounds that now include an array of super so[ gel-like materials. There are also newly enhanced flame retardant and conducঞve TPE compounds, as well as an ex- panded line of TPEs for extrusion profiles and sheet. PolyOne (Room S230BC) is featuring its low VOC/FOG and odor OnFlex LO TPEs for a range of automoঞve interior components. A Lile Bit of Disney By Sco Francis CompositesWorld NPE2018 is finally here. The show is in full swing and brimming with the latest plasঞcs innovaঞons and tons of excitement. Yet, sঞll you can't help but feel the siren call of a cer- tain cartoon mouse and you just can't hold it back anymore. C'mon! Let it go! You're in Orlando and you deserve a li•le bit of Disney. You may not have the ঞme to tack on a full Disney vacaঞon to your NPE trip, but what be•er way to reward yourself for a producঞve day networking and learning about the latest trends in the plasঞcs industry than to pay a visit to Disney Springs a[er the show? Disney Springs is the themed shopping, dining and entertainment district of Disney. Previously known as Downtown Disney, the area has undergone major renovaঞons during the past three years—a venture that resulted in the creaঞon of 4,000 construcঞon jobs and around 1,200 permanent roles. "Visually, it feels like a brand-new desঞna- ঞon," says Darcy Clark, markeঞng manager for Disney Springs, "This is a beauঞful, open- air retail, dining and entertainment complex that only Disney could dream up." Inspired by the historic architecture and natural beauty of Florida's waterfront towns, Disney Springs is built around a bubbling spring that sets the tone for the enঞre prom- enade. You'll find inঞmate bouঞques, Dis- ney-themed shops, the biggest brand name stores, and a wide array of dining and enter- tainment opঞons—all inspired by the water- The springs at Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs Sushi at Morimoto Asia in Disney Springs. All photos courtesy of Disney Springs. C'mon! Let it go! You're in Orlando and you deserve a lile bit of Disney. front. Even if you don't have much ঞme, it's a great way to experience a li•le bit of Orlando while you're in town for NPE. "If you have one night to spend at Disney Springs, treat yourself to an incredible meal!" says Darcy, "I'd suggest doing some research and booking early—with so many great choic- es so close to the convenঞon site, you'll want to make a reservaঞon to get your top pick." There are several restaurants by celebrity and award-winning chefs including Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' and Morimoto Asia featuring a Pan-Asian menu by Iron Chef Morimoto. If you're looking for something a li•le more low-key, you'll also find plenty of great casual dining. Disney Springs has tons of entertainment opঞons to choose from including 25 live acts each night, a luxury bowling alley, the world's largest tethered helium balloon ride, a 24-screen dine-in movie theatre and a Star Wars themed hyper-reality experience known as The VOID: Secrets of the Empire. And for night owls, Disney Springs offers a late-night scene Thursday through Saturday with many of the ho•est venues offering food, drinks and entertainment unঞl 2 a.m. Worried about geমng around? You don't need to. It's a small world, a[er all. Disney Springs is just a short drive from Internaঞon- al Drive and the Convenঞon Center. There's no admission charge and parking is free. All the usual rideshare services are very familiar with the area and many hotels offer shu•les. For more informaঞon and a full list of venues, visit You're welcome. of urban areas previously untouched by man- ufacturers. For example, Voodoo Manufac- turing is able to locate in Brooklyn thanks to its reliance on desktop 3D printers. 7. Plasঞc replacing metal 3D prinঞng allows efficient delivery of polymer parts in low quanঞঞes, meaning plasঞc could replace metal for many machine parts. In fact, carbon-fiber-filled 3D-printed polymer can replace even a hard or strong metal. 8. More efficient toolmaking 3D prinঞng is an efficient way to make one-off internal tooling within a company without consuming producঞon capacity. Mold tooling, jigs, fixtures and other tools can o[en be made from 3D printed polymer instead of tradiঞonal metal. 9. Prototyping without impeding producঞon With desktop 3D printers, engineers don't have to leave their desks, take up producঞon resources, or even enlist manufacturing staff to produce a 3D-printed polymer prototype. 10. Manufacturing moving in-house Companies that already print prototypes in-house are going a step further to prinঞng producঞon parts as well, allowing companies that previously weren't manufacturers at all to step into the plasঞcs manufacturing game. For example, Arizona Home Floors used to develop tools for flooring but outsource the manufacturing, but now 3D prinঞng allows the company to become an in-house manu- facturer for the first ঞme. DID YOU KNOW? The very first NPE in 1946 was open to the public in New York City. When 87,000 people showed up, the fire marshal had to close the doors! 96

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