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Additive Manufacturing Overview: What Innovation Has Brought Us Mobile phones, Microsoft Word and Lotus Notes 123 were all introduced to the public in 1983. That same year, while we were awestruck by the first cell phone’s $3,995 price tag, Chuck Hull was formulating a concept that would eventually make a significant impact on the future […]

University of Akron Combines Polymer Science, Business and Law in New Master’s Degree Program Developing highly skilled team leaders, supervisors and managers in the polymer industry will soon be easier. The University of Akron’s (UA) College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering (CPSPE) has announced its unique Master of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering degree […]

NASA Glenn Releases Draft RFP for Huge Project Cleveland-based NASA Glenn Research Center has been placed in charge of the construction of up to seven Universal Stage Adapters for future Mars missions. This appears to be the largest space flight contract that NASA has managed in more than fifteen years. The project will run for […]

Ohio’s Perfect Polymer Storm Ohio has a complete ecosystem for plastics and rubber manufacturing. According to Karthik Avadhanula in his article “Plastics Innovation in Ohio: The Silicon Valley of Polymer Science”, Ohio’s “plastic and rubber companies are in a central U.S. location in close proximity to an end-to-end supply chain offering unmatched strategic opportunities.” Only […]

Ohio’s Polymer Industry: Structure, Strength and Success Ohio is known as the center of polymer manufacturing in the United States, and with good reason. Home to the most significant polymer cluster in America, Ohio’s polymer industry includes companies in the fields of plastics, rubbers/elastomers, paints, coatings, adhesives and advanced materials. The old saying “there is […]

The plastics industry in the U.S. is booming. This is the message found in the Plastics Industry Trade Association’s (SPI) annual report Size and Impact of the Plastics Industry on the U.S. Economy. The report uses comprehensive 2014 data to show how plastics production has influenced the nation’s economy in the past year. Additionally, state […]

Ohio’s network of universities provide an abundance of resources to boost growth and innovation in the polymer industry. However, finding the path to those resources is not always easy. The first step is understanding what resources are available, and where they are. Here is a brief overview of a few of the world-class polymer programs […]

Carbon fiber reinforced composites have found success in applications demanding the highest performance attributes where cost is less of a factor, such as aerospace and sports equipment. High volume applications remain on the horizon, but out of reach at current cost performance ratios. Several factors suggest that the automotive industry will be the market to […]

OBIC Director, Dennis Hall discusses PLA with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. Bio-based resins are evolving rapidly. As concern over conventional plastics gains momentum and sustainability becomes a larger focus for manufacturers, bio-resin development is surging. As a result, more renewable bio-composites are being pushed into the resin stream creating a growing opportunity for […]

PolymerOhio recently completed a “roadmap” for the polymer molding industry in Ohio.  The following is a snapshot of the study approach and results plus a few key takeaways we hope will provide you with some valuable insight. Approach This roadmap was developed using a multi-phase approach as follows. Between each phase, “strawman” lists of challenges […]

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