Mack Molding investing millions into N.C., Vermont facilities

Mack Molding (Arlington, Vt.) recently announced that it is hiring and investing millions of dollars at its Statesville, N.C. facility and its three Vermont locations. “The resurgence of manufacturing in the United States is strong, and Mack has been aggressive in ensuring we are well-positioned to seize the opportunity presented to us,” Jeff Somple, Mack’s president,

Pro-Dex sells off Fineline Molds division

Pro-Dex (Nasdaq: PDEX) has apparently sold off its Fineline Molds division to a corporation created by the division’s general manager. Effective May 23, Irvine, Calif.–based Pro-Dex sold San Dimas, Calif.–based Fineline for $310,000 — $30,000 in cash upfront and the remaining $280,000 to be paid under the terms of a five-year promissory note, according to a

7 MD&M East exhibitors you need to know

MD&M East is a major medtech tradeshow on the East Coast of the U.S., showcasing some of the industry’s latest developments in packaging, automation, plastics, design engineering and quality. The event houses over 750 suppliers with more than 8,000 attendees who are able to network, explore new career opportunities and find partners for projects. The

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Diversified Plastics expands sales engineer and technical support team

Diversified Plastics (Minneapolis) recently announced that it has added three new sales engineer and technical support members to its team. Raymond Schenk has joined Diversified Plastics as senior sales engineer. He has over 24 years of experience in the plastic industries and will be responsible for the western territories of the company. Prior to joining the

10 BIOMEDevice Boston exhibitors you need to know

Updated April 20, 2018 BIOMEDevice Boston provides an opportunity for more than 4,000 engineers and executives and 400 suppliers in New England’s design and manufacturing industry to connect and network. The annual event was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, April 18-19. Hundreds of medical device industry suppliers showcased their latest technologies and capabilities.

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Is 3D printing going to replace injection molding?

3D printing and injection molding each have their own benefits and limitations when it comes to making medical device parts, according to experts from PTI Engineered Plastics, Carbon and Protolabs.  Medical device parts makers are increasingly turning to 3D printing, but additive manufacturing has yet to reach the tipping point where it could supplant injection molding

Protolabs to open new Twin Cities plant

Quick-turn manufacturer Protolabs (NYSE: PRLB) plans to have a new plant opened by the end of the year in the northern Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park. Protolabs announced the purchase of the 152,000-square-foot facility on March 16. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but county property records show the building was last sold

Complex injection molding: What you need to know

With careful planning, complex injection molding can reduce costs, optimize functionality and improve aesthetics in medical devices. Ken Glassen, Kaysun Corp.  As medical device design evolves to provide ever-improving healthcare outcomes, manufacturers are partnering with full-service, experienced complex injection molders to gain the increased design freedom and process efficiencies necessary to keep pace with medical

4 important molding techniques for medical contract manufacturers

Rena Ivory, Crescent Industries Injection molding has allowed many life-enhancing and life-saving medical devices to be within reach of millions of people, by making it possible to produce plastic medical products in large volumes and at competitive costs. Although the basic injection molding process is relatively simple—squeeze hot, molten thermoplastic into a metal mold, then

Stäubli touts new QMC system at NPE2018

Stäubli is showcasing its new injection molding workflow at NPE2018: The Plastics Show in Orlando, Fla. The company is demonstrating all of the essential process steps to achieve a fully automated injection molding machine. Stäubli’s workflow features networked industry 4.0-compatible components that allows single processes to coordinate and be optimized to make an automation solution that

Seisa Medical closes $42.5 million recapitalization and acquisition line

Seisa Medical (El Paso, Texas) announced that it has closed a $42.5 million senior secured credit facility with Sagard Credit Partners. Most of the funds from the deal will be used to be fees and expenses from the transaction while administering a dividend to shareholding and completing acquisitions. “We are excited to begin this relationship

Freudenberg Medical expands micro injection molding and opens Singapore office

Freudenberg Medical recently announced that it has expanded its thermoplastic micro injection molding capabilities by adding an ARBURG micro injection modular machine. The company added the new machine to meet challenging molding requirements. “Engineering grade materials can be sensitive to shear and a very fine level of control is needed to produce shot weights under

What goes into injection molding cooling time?

Part design, material selection, mold design and processing all play a role when it comes to injection molding cooling time. Jeremy Williams, RJG Here’s a value that probably sticks out in your mind if you’ve been to an RJG training event: 80%. That’s how much of the molding cycle is spent cooling the plastic part

Overmolding: 2 types to know

MTD Micromolding Some micro projects require specialty micro injection molding processes, such as overmolding. Overmolding involves two or more materials molded together to become one part. Examples include molding plastic over plastic or molding plastic over a preformed part, such as a metal insert. (See examples of common polymers and substrates below.) MTD specializes in

MIM2018 metal injection molding conference registration begins

Registration has begun for the MIM2018: International Conference on Injection Molding of Metals, Ceramics and Carbides that is set to take place March 5 through March 7 in Irvine, Calif. at the Hotel Irvine. The global conference offers tabletop exhibition that shows the advances of powder injection molding in the industry as well as a