Alex Netz

Pro manager, Plastics
Montreal, QC, Canada

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  • "At the expense of aerodynamics?"
    on: Perfectly Rectilinear Food Trucks from Italy
  • "Stop falling for fake renewable plastic hype! Lime is a mineral, not a plastic or resin. All they are doing is using it as filler. Guess what: calcium carbonate  (CaCO3), lime’s composition has been used as a filler for decades. Usually as a way to save money or for its properties. But you can only use that much dirt into a plastic before it breaks apart: limex claims it can replace 50% of the pellet’s weight with caco3. But caco3 has a density 3 times as heavy as polystyrene! Do the math, basically this is straight run of the mill styrene (hips) with 15% caco3 filler. Finding filler is never a problem: depending on price in the industry they use caco3, talc, titanium dioxide, really any inorganic scrap from coffee scraps to flax , and once a week an ID student solves the world’s problems by sprinkling some ground seashells / chicken feathers/  Rice husk /spent grains / cannabis byproduct into plastic and calling it renewable"
    on: Limex: An Injection-Moldable Material Derived from Limestone
  • "Hemp, coffee grinds, corn husk, chicken feathers... every month an ID student uses some organic waste filler in a plastic molded utensil and pretends they invented a new material"
    on: Great Industrial Design Student Work: Jade Echard Transforms Oyster Shells Into Durable Material
  • "Seem like a nice company. I don’t see a sustainable issue, technically all HDPE, like all thermoplastics, is recyclable. Given to the right company in can be remelted and reused over and over (unlike thermosets). They could already have a deal with their supplier to buy back all cnc skeletons. So if someone is inclined to ship them back a broken leg they can throw it in the bin"
    on: Hoek Home's Snap-In Approach to Flatpack Furniture: Is There a Sustainability Issue?
  • "Stop falling for fake “"
    on: Limex: An Injection-Moldable Material Derived from Limestone
  • "Step one: stick your hand into the bag (unnecessary step?)2: pull bubble wrap out. 3: pour some amaretto in the bag and shake it side to side. 4 you can dispense your drink into a cup.  "
    on: A Super Confusing Ideogram for a Recyclable Bubble Wrap Envelope
  • "Well written, good article. My take on ikea’s plans is that they are trying to reduce the ubiquity of their stuff on craigslist. One readon that ikea has a reputation for disposable or temporary furniture is that it is so available in the used market. By giving an incentive to return it to the store AKA a store credit, while pushing the idea that their stuff can live through many relocations they might be trying to improve their connotation. Also, might have the “diamonds are forever” effect, a-la de beers. Extra points for being so knowledgeable on their catalog!"
    on: IKEA Will Begin Testing a Furniture Subscription Model
  • "Brilliant!"
    on: Cool Tools: Festool's New Edge Sanding Guide
  • "The main question - which they completely ignore- is: which creates a stronger bond?Pocket holes are usually hidden and blow out is rarely an issue , if set up correctly. So the only thing that matters , aside from the x10 price tag is strength. And I would think a steeper angle, which engages more cross fibers would be significantly stronger than end grain "
    on: A Better Alternative to the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig? The Castle 110 Pocket Cutter
  • "What revolutionary design feature did they come up with? The format? From moleskine sketch books to cheap walmart stenographer or reporter notebooks the “panoramic” format is not original. Looks like a good quality and well designed pad, and ive spent more than 20$ on a good pad, but not exactly revolutionary "
    on: Dealing With Design Piracy: Studio Neat's Response to Their Work Getting Knocked Off
  • "A drill press is not a great comparison , nits a completely different tool And its meant To drill perpendicular to the material. A drill with a level will be parallel to the floor, very useful when installing a shelf. The angle lock feature, the depth stop are good ideas. Of course levels on drills are decades ideas but have fallen our favour, likely because they probably could not have been well calibrated to the motor and chuck in the injection moulded casing. What i wish for is a drill that has a square casing, so all sides are parallel to the bit and can be leaned on a guide. Matthias wendell on youtube has one ge got from an European fan and it looks amazing aside from it being metric"
    on: A Gimmicky Drill With a Killer Feature: The Ability to Indicate Level or Plumb
  • "2 incredible achievements:They convinced thousands of buyers that they have a problem no one knew they had, and they convinced them to spend 50$ On steel plate they could probably procure locally for pennies"
    on: Crowdfunding Smash: A $50, 10x13 Steel Plate Lands $1 Million and Counting
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