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The September issue of Designing with Plastics will feature Plastics in Pharmaceutical Applications

Designing with Plastics is a free monthly e-newsletter provided by the International Association of Plastics Distribution that features educational articles about plastics applications in various vertical markets, provides technical information and helps end users who may not be familiar with plastics better understand plastics properties, materials and benefits of using plastics in their designs. This e-newsletter is intended for engineers, material specifiers, designers, OEMs, schools, press, IAPD members and plastics professionals.

August 2014

Innovative Craft Wins Solar Powered Boat Championship

The SCIGRIP solar boat at the finish line at the DONG Energy Solar Challenge.

The SCIGRIP Solar Boat Team has won Class A of the DONG Energy Solar Challenge. The Polish crew completed the five-stage, weeklong event four minutes and 18 seconds ahead of their closest rivals when they crossed the finish line in Leeuwarden, Holland.

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Boat Hatch Covers Use Plastics to Resist Heat and UV Damage

Outland Hatch Covers, based in Jacksonville, NC, USA, owned by twin brothers Steve and James Outland, has found a successful use of Vycom’s Celtec material for fabricating their new boat hatch covers, which provides UV protection for the acrylic lens of deck hatches.

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  Technical Advisory: Epoxy

Epoxy resins are a broad family of polyethers that contain functional reactive groups in their molecular structure. Epoxy resins are reacted with a curing or cross-linking agent to become thermoset resins with desired physical properties. These materials are unique among thermosetting resins because of their very low shrinkage during polymerization or curing. Epoxy resins can be reinforced with glass fibers and fabrics or with carbon, aramid or other fibers for high perfornmance applications. Epoxies are commonly used as compounds for lamination, compression molding, filament winding, injection molding, continuous lamination and pultrusion.

Click here to learn more about plastics from IAPD’s Introduction to Plastics, a manual about the behavior and properties of plastic materials.


It’s Smooth Sailing ... with Plastics

Plastics are resistant to saltwater, UV, chemicals, sunshine and corrosion, making them perfect for marine applications. If you feel like you’re swimming upstream with other materials, chart a new course ... with plastics.

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