Author Archives: Doug Smock

About Doug Smock

Former Chief Editor at Plastics World and Senior Technical Editor Design News

BASF Backs Hydrophobic Additive Startup

BASF is leading an $8 million financing for a Boston startup that says it has invented a plastic additive that is highly resistant to water. NBD Nanotechnologies uses [..]

Additives, Automotive, Electronics, Industrial, North America ,

CFRP Tube Connects Engine To Transmission

The torque tube housing in the 2017 aluminum-bodied Mercedes GT R sports car is made from aviation-grade carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) in a one-shot production process. The [..]

Automotive, Blow molding, Carbon Composites, Europe, Resin Transfer Molding ,

Korean Auxiliaries Target Automotive Foam Molding

Steam-assisted molding is taking on physical and chemical foaming as a preferred way to lightweight automotive components. The technology is already well established in Asia to make parts [..]

Asia, Automotive, Auxiliary Equipment, Electronics

Improved Polyamide Yields Big Fuel Savings

Years of research into improving the wear resistance properties of polyamide 46 is starting to yield major dividends for DSM as auto manufacturers accelerate replacement of polyamide 66 [..]

Automotive, North America, Polyamides , ,

GM Eyes Advanced Aluminum Molds

General Motors is developing new hard-facing approaches using titanium and titanium carbide as it bids to expand the use of low-cost tooling made from aluminum or plastic composites [..]

Automotive, Injection Molding, Molds & Moldmaking, North America , ,

Micro Extruder for 3D Printing Could Debut Early Next Year

A newly developed micro extruder that could be a game changer for the 3D printing business could be on the market early next year, inventor and veteran screw [..]

Additive manufacturing

China Exit Crushes American Recycled Plastics Markets

Prices for recycled plastic have caved because of China’s planned exit from the marketplace. Prices for bulk rigid scrap have plunged this year from 9 cents per pound [..]

Asia, Green, North America, Post-Consumer Plastic

New Womer Extruder Targets Inefficiencies of 3D Printing

Veteran screw designed Tim Womer has developed a single-screw micro extruder to improve the cost effectiveness of 3D printing. A U.S. patent application for the technology was published [..]

Additive manufacturing

Coke Invents On-The-Fly System to Measure Bioplastic Content

Coca-Cola, arguably the largest global user of renewably sourced plastics, is developing a method to measure bio-source content on the fly. Currently used methods can be very time-consuming, [..]

Bioplastics, Green, Packaging

CFRP Roof Cuts Weight On New BMW M5

BMW is showing extended use of its carbon fiber roof technology at this week’s Frankfurt Auto Show.  First introduced on the E92 M3, the carbon fiber roof is [..]

Automotive, Carbon Composites, Europe