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Designing for Performance: Chapter 4 – Metal to Plastic Conversion

Posted on May 8th, 2019 by Dirk Arends

This is the fourth chapter on Designing for Performance: Optimize for Manufacturability.  Our previous blog covered Simulation Models & Analysis. There are many things to consider when designing a part, including manufacturability. This is something that is completed prior to producing prototype parts. For instance, any unnecessary fasteners will add both cost in parts and […]

Anniversary of Roof Collapse

Posted on March 18th, 2019 by Dirk Arends

Next week we will recognize the first anniversary of our roof collapse that occurred on 3/24/2018. As most of you know, a particularly heavy snowfall and wind from the east combined to put such a load on the corner of our roof that it collapsed. We continue to be more than thankful that no one […]

IVP Metal to Plastic Conversion Blog: Simulation Models & Analysis

Posted on March 15th, 2019 by Dirk Arends

In review, the previous blog covered step two: Developing Design Concepts. This brainstorming session was to generate and document ideas for the new design. In today’s world, nothing moves on or off an engineer’s desk without Computer Aided Design (CAD). This requires time to define a part and assembly model using specialized software which provides […]

The Wonders of Plastic Series: Part Six – The Future of Plastic Innovation

Posted on March 12th, 2019 by Dirk Arends

What are bioplastics? Bioplastics are made from renewable resources such as wood pulp, corn, sugarcane, or feathers. Bioplastics can also be biodegradable, which means they break down naturally. Bioplastics are eco-friendly, can help battle climate change, and can be designed to decompose. Decomposing plastic can be useful for products such as single-use cups, bottles, or […]

The Wonders of Plastic Series: Part Four – Properties of Specialty Synthetic Plastics

Posted on February 26th, 2019 by Dirk Arends

Did you know that some plastic products have unique additives such as glass fibers? Glass fibers add a lot of strength to a part. The most basic additives are pigments, which are meant to change the color of the material. However, some pigments react poorly with certain polymers and can make them more susceptible to […]

The Wonders of Plastic: Part Two – The History of Early Human-Made Plastic

Posted on February 12th, 2019 by Dirk Arends

Alexander Parkes created the first form of human-made plastic and revealed it to the public in 1862 at the London International Exhibition. He called the compound Parkesine. Parkesine is created by dissolving cellulose nitrate in alcohol and mixing it with vegetable oil. It was an early precursor to celluloid and can be created entirely from […]

The Wonders of Plastic: Part One – Polymers Found in Nature

Posted on February 5th, 2019 by Dirk Arends

The term ‘polymer’ is relatively diverse. All plastic is considered a polymer, which is a term that refers to a long repetitive chain of molecules. The value in plastic is that it can be shaped when soft and retain its shape once hard. Biopolymers are found in nature, and synthetic polymers are engineered to have […]

IVP Awarded 2018 Community Partner of the Year

Posted on January 8th, 2019 by Dirk Arends

In January of 2019, IVP Plastics was awarded as the 2018 Community Partner of the Year by Goodwill. In December of 2017, IVP Plastics held a donation drive on site that lasted 2 weeks and ended up collecting 360 pounds of goods. We were one of the highest collecting donation drives in the area! The […]