Polymers and Plastic Products

Plastics are one of the more “magical” substances known to humanity. Polymers are responsible for the magic. But to most people a polymer is something they once heard about in high-school chemistry. Yet despite the magic products created from...

Reducing Plastic Product Manufacturing Costs

Microdyne is a contract plastics manufacturer. This really means we build custom products to the customer’s specifications. This approach is wonderful to get the exact product into the customer’s hands. However, many of our customers are not...

LEGO® Seeks Bio-alternatives for Plastic Blocks

LEGO® In the News The Danish toy maker is considering corn and wheat as an alternative to petroleum-based plastic. As more companies work on developing plastic from proteins of renewable sources rather than petroleum, some plastic users are...

Consumer Attitudes About Plastics

If you ask a friend what they think of their laptop (encased in plastic with lots of internal plastic components), you will likely get a thumbs-up. Ask them about the plastic bag they carried it out of the store in, and they would give you...

Gates Boosts Biodegradable Plastics Development

Recently the bio-degradable plastics industry got a financial and morale boost by Bill Gates, who has invested with Philadelphia-based Renmatix, Inc., to commercialize their Plantrose technology. Microdyne Plastics has long been concerned about...

The History of (Plastic) Polymers

Today we often think of plastic polymers as modern magical materials brought to us in chemists labs. In reality mankind has run into this interesting material naturally for thousands of years. The ancient Mesoamericans processed a natural rubbery...

Manufacturing Day: How Stuff Gets Done

This year marks the fifth annual Manufacturing DaySM when thousands of manufacturers will promote manufacturing as a whole. Thousands of manufacturers will open their doors to students, parents, teachers and other job seekers to promote the new...

Plastic Blow Molding Process Simplified

The Plastic blow molding process is a type of molding which uses air blown into malleable plastic hallow tube called a parison; like blowing up a balloon. However in the case of plastics blow molding, the plastic is restricted to the walls of the...

Blow Molding vs. Injection Molding

Plastics professionals understand the basic differences between blow molding versus injection molding; however, many plastic buyers and users are not always sure of the difference. The primary difference is the kind of product that is being...