SPE News - Mar. 3, 2023

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Plastics Engineering

The January/February issue of Plastics Engineering is now available! The issue is focused on sustainability, recycling, automotive innovations, PVC, and more.

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AI Tunes Plastics Processing

Additive Technology Drives Clarified PP Resin Growth

Near glass-like clarity makes the polyolefin a sustainable packaging option in many applications.

Alformet - The First Design Portal for Reinforced Thermoplastic Tubes

What's Happening Around SPE

SPE Acquires 3Dnatives

SPE has acquired 3Dnatives, a French company that produces a media platform and international events for professionals in 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and their related market applications. This special edition of SPE News provides the details of the acquisition and how it will benefit SPE's stakeholders!

SPE's Decision Behind the Acquisition

SPE and 3Dnatives are in the same kind of business – the creation and dissemination of technical information to serve plastics professionals, through online communities and in-person or remote events. SPE already has an Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Technical Interest Group, and much of SPE’s stakeholders are using or exploring 3D printing. This addition should be of great interest, and value, to them. 3D printing & additive manufacturing are growing markets, and an expanded expertise (and audience) in that space will serve SPE’s stakeholders well. The acquisition also immediately expands SPE’s footprint in Europe, with new content and events for these important markets.

Global Impact

3Dnatives global presence will broaden SPE’s worldwide reach, through daily industry news and distinct market-specific platforms produced in five native languages – French, German, English, Spanish, and Italian. Every month, over 1.2M professionals visit 3Dnatives for its 3D printing equipment comparison engine, original articles, technical guides, product reviews, job board, business directory and more – each in the users’ native language.

Alformet - The First Design Portal for Reinforced Thermoplastic Tubes

3Dnatives' ADDITIV Brand

3Dnatives, under its “ADDITIV” brand, also produces online and in-person events dedicated to 3D printing and its applications. 2023 events will focus on additive manufacturing in the medical, automotive, and aerospace sectors. The company’s recent events included over 200 expert speakers from top-tier companies (such as L’Oréal, Audi, NASA, Boeing, etc.) and more than 15,000 attendees overall.

Meet 3Dnatives at ANTEC®!

If you’re in additive manufacturing, and hadn’t planned on attending ANTEC®, perhaps you should reconsider. There’s a lot of great additive manufacturing content on the program, especially Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. And we will we also introduce 3Dnatives principals Alexandre Martel and Filippos Voulpiotis to their new SPE colleagues!


Making Connections and More!

This year at ANTEC® 2023, you don't want to miss our plenary speakers, technical sessions, or workshops - but you also don't want to miss seeing your peers, colleagues, and plastics friends face-to-face! Your ANTEC® registration includes several ways to connect with friends and colleagues.

New Episode of the PlastChicks Podcast

PlastChicks Lynzie Nebel and Mercedes Landazuri host four of the 2022 SPE Foundation Scholarship winners: Rachel LeBlanc, Allen Román, Kelsey Allis, and Wyatt McGraw.

The SPE Foundation supports the development of plastics professionals by funding quality educational programs, grants, and scholarships, emphasizing science, engineering, sustainability, and manufacturing to create inclusive opportunities for students around the world. Listen at 4spe.org/podcasts!
This episode is supported by the Plastics Industry Association.

PlastChicks Podcast Episode 47

SPE News Story Ideas?

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Upcoming Events

  • SPE International Polyolefins Conference
    March 5-8 | Galveston, TX
  • SPE Additives and Color Europe Conference
    March 8-10 | Brussels, Belgium
  • ANTEC® 2023
    March 27-30 | Denver, CO

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