October 2012

Copolyester reaches new heights of style and design
A larger-than-life experience for shoppers has been created at the Crystals in City Center, Las Vegas.

For Stephen Stefanou, president and design director of Dallas-based Design Solutions, capturing this sense of holiday magic through dramatic art installations is a tradition. Well known for his work developing monumental seasonal displays, Stefanou used the Crystals™ high-end retail environment at CityCenter, Las Vegas, to unveil the Kinetic Twisters sculpture made possible with the help of Eastman Chemical Company. Learn more.


Inside this issue

Plastics meet a wide spectrum of high-performance requirements
The Benefits of Polyetherimide (PEI)
Plastics: Plastics are hip!

Expand Your Knowledge

Solvent bonding techniques for copolyester sheet

Copolyester materials are tough, chemical-resistant, versatile and, therefore, prove ideal for use in displays, signs, fixtures, point-of-purchase/industrial products and other sheet applications that demand complex, “life-like,” three-dimensional shapes.

These attributes are demonstrated through a variety of fabrication techniques, including solvent bonding, laser cutting, machining and thermoforming. Solvent bonding remains the most widely employed method to construct three-dimensional shapes from copolyester sheet.

Learn more.

Technical Advisory: Polyesters

Polyesters, thermoplastic Thermoplastic polyester molding compounds are crystalline, high-molecular-weight polymers that have an excellent balance of properties and processing characteristics. Because they crystallize rapidly and flow readily, mold cycles are short.

Polyesters, thermoset
Polyester resins of the thermosetting type are low-molecular-weight alkyd resins that are cross-linked with a monomer in a reaction initiated by a catalyst. At room temperature, the solutions-mixtures of resin and a liquid monomer (usually styrene) are stable for months.

• For more information, see Introduction to Plastics, the IAPD guide to plastic materials and applications.

Plastics: Plastics Are Hip! (replacements ... knees & shoulders, too)

• Plastics are facilitating a new frontier of more types of outpatient treatments, less invasive procedures,
and longer lasting materials.

Plus, antimicrobial plastics cut down on infections. If you’re
looking for a healthier cost-effective alternative for medical materials, check out plastics!

Learn more

More Plastics Resources

Join us: It's not too late!

The FREE one-day IAPD Plastics Expo on October 25 is just a week away. Online registration is available until this Friday OR you may register on-site the day of the expo. The registration desk opens at 7:00 a.m. with the doors to the expo opening at 10:00 a.m.

New Technical Sessions have been added, and you're invited to attend the Closing Party.

Sign up at www.iapd.org/expo for this FREE once-a-year opportunity. See you in Chicago!

Get to know your distributor

IAPD distributors are your best source for finding materials for your application.

Go to www.iapd.org to find a distributor in your area. You can search by company name, location or product category.

The IAPD Magazine digital edition launches

IAPD is pleased to announce the digital edition of the August/ September issue of The IAPD Magazine, featuring the annual IAPD Convention and Plastics Expo.

The digital issue is easy to read on computers, laptops and tablet devices and can even be viewed on smartphones.

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Designing with Plastics is published by the International Association of Plastics Distribution. While every effort has been made for accuracy, IAPD encourages you to verify information with a plastics distributor to ensure you select the correct plastic products to meet your needs.