The Many Uses of Plastic Materials in Medicine

Modern healthcare would not be possible without the use of plastic materials. From the casing of an open MRI machine to the smallest tubing, plastics have made health care simpler and less painful.  Things we take for granted such as disposable syringes, intravenous blood bags and heart valves are now made of plastic.  Plastics have reduced the weight of eyeglass frames and lenses.  They are key components of modern prosthetic devices offering greater flexibility, comfort and mobility. Read more

Polymerization: How Plastic Materials are Made

Plastic materials have been created using many different kinds of matter over the years. Originally, resins were made from vegetable matter including cellulose from cotton, furfural from oat hulls, oil from seeds and various starch derivatives.  Bakelite (phenol formaldehyde resin), one of the first plastics made from synthetic components, was developed by Belgian born chemist Leo Baekeland in New York in 1907. Bakelite is made through an elimination reaction of phenol with formaldehyde.Read more

The Effect of Cryogenic Temperatures on Plastic Materials

Cryogenics is the study of the production and behavior of materials at very low temperatures.  An environment is considered cryogenic if it exhibits temperatures below -150°C.  Many modern industries use cryogenics in a wide variety of applications.  Some of these applications include cryogenic fuels, spacecraft hardware, machinery for medical and biosciences applications including freezers and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), particle accelerators, and superconducting magnets.  Curbell Plastics® recently published a white paper by Dr. Keith Hechtel on the effect of cryogenic temperatures on some common high performance plastics. Read more

4 Reasons Why Flexible Materials Are Improving Product Packaging

There’s a massive shift going on right now in the world of product packaging, as more and more packaging converters are moving away from standard rigid materials such as paperboard and molded plastic and into flexible materials such as bags and pouches.
In fact, according to a recent “State of the U.S. Flexible Packaging Industry” report, which is conducted annually by the Flexible Packaging Association ( FPA), the industry on a domestic scale has regularly experienced year-after-year growth and currently stands at near $30 billion.Read more

Can 3D Printing Overtake Traditional Manufacturing Processes?

3D printing has been generating a lot of excitement in the last year but the technology’s future in industrial manufacturing is still unclear.  With technology advancing, the 3d printing industry grown quickly and can now print many different types of materials.  Yet, 3D printing has not replaced traditional subtractive machining or injection molding.  Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why.
1)      Aesthetic Quality
The use of 3D printing is not recommended when the end product needs to have a highly smooth, … Read more