Hurry to register for the Structural Plastics New Product Design Competition. Part of SPI Structural Plastics Division's annual conference, the competition promotes new developments, applications, and technologies used in the structural plastics industry. The products are manufactured from standard injection molding, co-injection, low-pressure structural foam, reaction injection molding, blow molding, thermoforming, rotational molding, and other plastic processes. First-place awards are presented to those companies entering the most innovative commercial products in their market category. Registration fees are $125 for SPI members and $175 for non-members. Discounts are available for multiple entries. The deadline for entry is March 11. To register online, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/4388-505.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.