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As 2014 comes to a close, SPE would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the SPE Industry Update a look at the most accessed Original Content articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.

Has US oil consumption decreased because of peak oil?
By Stefanie Heerwig
From May 14: Since 2008, U.S. oil consumption has declined by more than 20 percent, giving peak-oil theorists their confirmation — world crude oil production is decreasing. And no matter how much U.S. production increases, everyone will feel the squeeze in the face of rising international oil prices. It is really hard to argue against this. After all, rising oil prices and decreasing consumption could be easily explained by one of the core peak-oil theories: the export-land model. So is this truly the end of oil?
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January 14 Single-Screw Extruder Analysis and Troubleshooting Information
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March 23-25 ANTEC Orlando at NPE2015 Information
May 5 Auto EPCON 2015 Information
May 14 Extrusion Minitech Information


3-D printing and additive manufacturing glossary
By Renee Eaton
From Aug. 20: 3-D printing is currently a hot topic. It's a rapidly growing field and is expected to dramatically affect the way things are made in the near future. Some experts think it will help reinvigorate American manufacturing, while others believe it will democratize productions of goods and that every house will have its own 3-D printer. Whatever the future holds, here is a brief glossary of terms that will help you navigate the world of additive manufacturing.
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  • 3-D printing and the future of additive manufacturing
    By Alan Kelsky
    From Oct. 1: In the United States, 3-D printing is ranked sixth among the top 10 fastest-growing industries in the United States. In fact, Goldman Sachs names 3-D technology as "disruptive" in a recent report on technology. The term "disruptive" is used in a benign manner to describe the technology as growing at a rate of 20 percent per year. According to Forbes, additive manufacturing is already a $2.2 billion a year industry, and that amount could exceed more than $6 billion by 2017.
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    Emerging food-packaging barrier applications to watch
    By Don Rosato
    From Aug. 13: Barrier developments in food packaging are expected to greatly help reduce food waste to better feed a growing world population. Approximately 1.3 billion tons — or one-third of the food produced around the world each year — is lost or wasted on its way from the farm to the fork. With limited natural resources, it is more effective to reduce food losses than to increase global food production. Let's take a look at some examples of emerging plastic barrier-packaging applications.
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    Bioprinting of body parts inching closer to reality
    By Donna Balancia
    From March 19: New 3-D printing technology is giving hope to medical patients who need to replace and repair body parts and organs. Creating organs through the use of a patient's own cells in many cases, this 3-D printing technology — known as "bioprinting" — is a promising new industry in the scientific community. The 3-D printing industry has been around for almost 20 years, but is coming to light now as many scientific companies compete for lucrative grants and awards to be among the first to replicate human organ, such as a liver, scientists say.
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    Medical breakthrough: Bioengineered heart tissue
    By Karen SC Ashley
    From May 28: For patients with heart damage, the best treatment option right now is an organ transplant. But even then, the patient waiting list for an organ donor is seemingly endless. To confound matters, patients can encounter complications after heart transplantation. With new research, the ideal solution — repairing the heart — may soon be possible. To mimic the heart's powerful mechanical action, scientists needed to engineer an artificial cardiac tissue similar in elasticity and biological properties to the native heart. And the breakthrough scientists have long been waiting for has arrived — 3-D-engineered heart tissue that beats.
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    3-D printing is revolutionizing construction and design fields
    By Renee Eaton
    From June 11: Additive manufacturing — or 3-D printing as it often called — is a process in which a solid object is made when a CAD model directs the printer to apply hundreds to thousands of successive layers in the required shape. This method is in direct contrast to traditional (subtractive) manufacturing, which begins with a block or billet of material that is then cut away until the desired piece is obtained; or casting, which involves injecting a liquid material into a mold and letting it solidify.
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    Plastics in construction: A vision of the future
    By Adolfo Benedito
    From April 30: Plastics and their technology are youthful. We must remember the short history of plastic materials — which began in the late 19th century and grew throughout the 20th century — in relation to the wide experience of materials traditionally used in construction (metals, granite, ceramic and cellulosic). Initially, plastic materials were not considered as structural elements that were able to bear sustained loads. Undoubtedly, the characteristics of plastics were not the same as the ones of traditional cement or steel used for construction. But the evolution of plastics through 20th century has been dizzying and unstoppable. Plastics have even been used for windfall market niches, an aspect that was unthinkable a century ago.
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    What technical professionals need to know about the America Invents Act -- Part 1
    By Dr. Moris Amon
    From Jan. 1: On Sept. 19, 2011, the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Leahy America Invents Act. Although this law did not attract much public attention among the hot political issues of the day, it will have a profound effect on America's technological future — and, probably, on most of the readers of this newsletter. This series of articles will outline the changes brought by this law, for the benefit of nonlawyers.
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    Can solar energy compete with fossil fuels?
    By Stefanie Heerwig
    From March 5: Taking more than four years to build and costing $2.5 billion, the Invanpah solar plant opened recently in California. The world's biggest solar plant is estimated to produce as much electricity as a coal- or natural-gas-fired power plant. And with tough renewable portfolio standards like in California, more of these plants are here to come. According to the Edison Electric Institute, such utility-sized solar plants will soon appear across the United States with 232 under construction, in testing or to be granted with permits. One question, however, remains: Can solar compete with fossil fuels in terms of price?
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