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  1. Some plastics need preservation too

    While the push to reduce plastic use and its impact on ecology continue, experimentation about getting new life injected into materials, there is the inverse issues being identified in the art world currently. This study is being headed by POPART (Preservation Of Plastic ARTefacts in museum collections) and real focus is being put on preserving history and influential works, worldwide...
  2. Why blue food grade materials exist

    Have you ever seen "food grade" and wondered what made those materials different? While USDA, 3A, NSF, etc have different certifications and requirements to be met, in general there are things that help differentiate these materials for food contact. In recent years, there has been a stronger and stronger push for "food grade" materials to be blue in color specifically...
  3. Finishes, planning for finishes

    Hello and welcome back to kick of 2021! Today we're going to discuss finishes. Both surface finishes and colors can impact your final product and part. With that said, its very important to allow room to finish to size, allow room to finish to the desired surface finish, and temper expectations for color matching. Unfortunately, this can mean it is...
  4. Making the most of materials

    While Covid19 has restricted people's access to team sports, practice facilities, and more; players are focusing on practice however they're able to get it in. One way this can be done is through dryland practices. If stick skills and shooting are a focus, HDPE makes a great platform to use to simulate that on ice feel. Whether you're prospect is...
  5. Not finding the thickness you need?

    Plastics International may be able to help with some of those in-between sizes you may encounter for your machining jobs. On most materials we offer the option to fly-cut to thickness for those tough to find sizes. Please note, some materials and sizes are unfortunately unable to be quoted, but it doesn't hurt to ask! If you would like to...
  6. New fibre-reinforced thermoplastics are on the horizon!

    If you have an application where metal options are too heavy, but un-reinforced thermoplastics may not be strong enough, Ensinger may have a solution for you coming soon. These new materials will grant you many of the benefits of thermoplastics while improving on some of their more limited physical abilities when compared to metallic options. Specifically, Ensinger will be launching...