607, 2020

The Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle Is Now At The Polymers Center

July 6th, 2020|Categories: Engineering|Tags: , , |

3D printing seems to be the hottest thing this decade. Amazing products are being prototyped and made using this extraordinary technology. The Polymers Center is excited to have a new printer to benefit our customers. The Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle at the Polymers Center, donated by North Carolina State [...]

607, 2020

Announcing Our Newest Acquisition: The HV3S HDT/Vicat Tester for Thermo-Mechanical Testing of Plastic Materials

July 6th, 2020|Categories: Testing|Tags: , , , , |

The newest acquisition of the PCE Materials lab is the Instron HV3S HDT/Vicat tester. This new system is used to evaluate the behavior of plastics at high temperatures. The HV3S measures the heat deflection temperature (HDT) and the Vicat softening temperature (Vicat) of materials. This system replaces our outgoing [...]

106, 2020

New Job Opportunities in Plastics?

June 1st, 2020|Categories: Industry News|Tags: , , |

A surge in demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic has resulted in a spike in demand for certain plastics, specifically in the medical industry. Standard plastics are sourced from crude oil and are non-renewables. These plastics generally include PVC, PMMA, PE, PS, PP, and EVA. The major [...]

106, 2020

What Will Happen To The Plastics Industry Post-COVID?

June 1st, 2020|Categories: Industry News|Tags: , , , |

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic slowdown, the plastics industry worldwide is expected to show a 2.2% decrease in 2020. However, the one trillion-dollar industry is expected to rebound and grow quickly in 2021 and beyond. Eight percent growth is expected once the Coronavirus outbreak is [...]


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