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Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Cooler weather is coming, the kids are going back to school, and cottages are closing up. While it might be bittersweet to see summer coming to an end, it means that we settle back into a routine and start new projects.

We decided to start the season with a fun demonstration on how to make a plastic ball using a tool that many people are unaware exists. We used a radius cutter and the lathe. When paired with a lathe, Radius cutters are responsible for making concave or convex shapes.

Plastic balls can be mass manufactured in many ways, but are primarily made by the process of injection molding into dyes. Take a look at this video of table tennis balls being mass produced in a factory. The process you see in our video is a great example of the art that can be produced by means of a skilled craftsman. Check out the link on our Plasti-Block™ YouTube Channel

Additionally, we would like to take this opportunity to give you an update on what we have been up to lately. We had a very busy and productive summer.

Here are few highlights of what we were busy doing:

· We are now pleased to offer UV-stable HDPE in forest green – just in time for any fall project. As always, if you need another color just send us a note and we will do our best to accommodate you.

· We are now offering blocks and rods molded out of Delrin. We plan to start offering these items in PVC this month.

· We have successfully molded 100% regrind of ABS, HDPE and HDPE foam. We are currently molding other post-consumer plastics and will be posting updates in the next few weeks.

· Our innovations in molding recycled plastic were featured on CBC The National and on the radio.

We will be sharing a lot of new products, ideas for projects, custom pieces and more this coming month.


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