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Product Design

A presentation and demonstration of B♻SS (Bafflle Oscillating Separation System), a novel separation system for plastics.
The first public unveiling by John McLoughlin of the all new Duradrain©, a plastic kerbstone with an integrated drainage channel manufactured from recycled polypropylene with crushed limestone as filler. But, where do the Chihuahuas come in?
Prototyping was the theme of the February SPRA technical meeting, with a description of, MAKLab, an open access workshop, a tour of the MAKLab facilities and a presentation on prototyping from Fearsomengine.
Ralf Klinnert describes how he took his Funky Cones from an academic project to a commercial product to make physical exercise for children more fun.
The MAKLab facilities in Glasgow provide designers, entrepreneurs and companies with resources and advice to produce models and prototypes.
At last a simple, low-cost program that estimates the tooling costs for injection moulding.
The February SPRA meeting, at Rosti UK Ltd at Larkhall, entitled ‘Beyond Conventional Practices for Injection Moulding’ was delivered by Eric Henry, Autodesk
SPRA member, Ross Dickinson, picked up a Highly Commended Certificate for plastics innovation and design at the BPF Dinner
Ross Dickinson, inventor of the Kibosh Emergency Pipe Repair describes how he took his concept from a bright idea to a commercial reality.
Ross Dickinson received two awards at the UK finals of The Pitch competition for entrepreneurs for his novel Kibosh Emergency Pipe Repair device, which has been designed by Ross and manufactured by Scottish plastics companies.
Eric Henry, Autodesk Ltd, gave a lecture on Optimised Plastics Part Design, Manufacture and Performance using Digital Prototyping and also facilitated a hands-on Workshop on injection moulding simulation using Moldflow.
The EDTC event ‘Be Inspired to Innovate for Your Future’ gave an insight into the experiences of a number of entrepreneurs in bringing their product from concept to market.
At the June SPRA meeting, John McLoughlin, POLYnnovation consultancy, described the design development of Durakerb®, a kerbstone made from recycled polyethylene and polypropylene. It was the 2008 winner of the Horners’ Award for Plastics Innovation and Design.
George Loumakis provided and overview of solar thermal collectors and explored the potential for polymeric materials in the design of low cost solar thermal collectors.
Tony Shelmerdine of Monosol Limited described the grades and applications of water soluble materials based on poly(vinyl alcohol) which being biodegradable have potential for 'green' products. In the second presentation, entitled 'Returning Investment throughout the Design Process', James McLusky and Allan McDougall explained how Shore Design view the key stages of a design project.
The ARBURG sponsored meeting in November started with a presentation on the design process “From Design to Dragons’ Den” by William Mitchell of 4CDesign followed by a summary of “Innovations inn Injection Moulding” by Simon Wrighton from ARBURG.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to product design.

Mould Design

At last a simple, low-cost program that estimates the tooling costs for injection moulding.
The February SPRA meeting, at Rosti UK Ltd at Larkhall, entitled ‘Beyond Conventional Practices for Injection Moulding’ was delivered by Eric Henry, Autodesk
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to mould design.

Computer Aided Engineering Design

Ralph McNeill, of 3D Print Works, gave an interesting presentation on Additive Manufacture at the March SPRA technical meeting.
At last a simple, low-cost program that estimates the tooling costs for injection moulding.
The February SPRA meeting, at Rosti UK Ltd at Larkhall, entitled ‘Beyond Conventional Practices for Injection Moulding’ was delivered by Eric Henry, Autodesk
A report reviews the emergence of technologies based on the principle of additive manufacturing, which have the potential to transform manufacturing in the UK.
Eric Henry, Autodesk Ltd, gave a lecture on Optimised Plastics Part Design, Manufacture and Performance using Digital Prototyping and also facilitated a hands-on Workshop on injection moulding simulation using Moldflow.
The September SPRA meeting at the University of Strathclyde included a presentation by David Cunningham on rapid prototyping techniques followed by a tour of the facilities with demonstrations.
David Russell explained the latest developments in T-Sim and B-Sim, simulation software for vacuum forming, pressure forming and blow moulding, which allow optimisation of product design and tool design before a tool is cut, thereby shortening lead times.
News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to computer aided engineering design (CAE).

Testing

News reports in the SPRA Archives on lectures, meetings, seminars and conferences relating to testing of plastics and rubber and their products

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Events Diary

44th Annual SPRA Dinner Dance 2018

09 March 2018
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Glasgow

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Technical Info from SPRA

  • Materials Thermoplastics, Thermosets, Elastomers, Additives.
  • Processes Moulding, Extrusion, Thermoforming, Ancillaries.
  • Design Product, Mould, CAE, Testing.
  • Applications Healthcare, Packaging, Electronics, Other Markets.
  • Environment Waste, Recycling, Sustainability, Legislation, Energy.
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