Author Archives: Doug Smock

About Doug Smock

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

Highly Integrated Thermoplastic Composite System Debuts In Automotive

The first major production applications of Engel’s thermoplastic fabric technology (called organomelt) in the automotive industry will be launched soon. Engel did not disclose the applications or customers [..]

Automation/Robotics, Automation/Robots, Automotive, Carbon Composites, Europe, Injection Molding, Insert Molding, Reinforcing Material ,

KraussMaffei System Doubles Pultrusion Speed

The staid process of pultrusion is getting a substantial facelift with a new approach from KraussMaffei that includes aspects of injection molding. Traditional pultrusion is a form of [..]

Automotive, Construction, Europe, Industrial, Polyamides, Reinforcing Material

Injection Molded Ammo Wins Over Skeptics

Intellectual property and sales are growing for injection molded ammunition. While the original goals of the technology were to reduce use of copper and other expensive metals, other [..]

Defense, Injection Molding, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America, Polyamides, Sports

Printable Steel Powder Targets Molds, Tools

An improved additively manufactured steel suitable for use in injection molds may be on the way. NanoSteel, a producer of nanostructured steel materials based in Providence, Rhode Island, [..]

Additive manufacturing, Molds & Moldmaking ,

Gardner Takes Over NPE Dailies: A Changing of the Guard?

There may be an important changing of the guard at NPE2018, which will take place in Orlando, Florida May 7-11, 2018. The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced yesterday that [..]

Injection Molding

Metal 3D Printers Form Trade Group

The metal additive manufacturing industry is forming what is shaping up as a formidable trade group within the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF). It’s an interesting thrust for [..]

Additive manufacturing

Medical Leads Steady MIM Growth

Innovative new designs continue to lead steady growth for the traditional metal injection molding (MIM) industry. The medical market is a strong performer, while firearms—the traditional leader—is down [..]

Medical, Metal Injection Molding, North America ,

P&G Unit Unveils Dramatic Improvement in Mold Cooling

Procter & Gamble’s mold design and production subsidiary called Imflux received a patent this week on an evaporative cooling system using exotic fluids that dramatically cuts mold production [..]

Cooling/Heating, Molds & Moldmaking

BMW Invention Boosts Efficiency of Composite Molding

BMW is developing a roll-fed technology to produce thermoplastic composite parts that reduces costs and improves efficiencies. In the new system, a roll of glass or carbon fiber mat is [..]

Automation/Robotics, Automotive, Carbon Composites, Europe, Insert Molding, Reinforcing Material , ,

Donald J. Trump– Good Or Bad For Plastics?

President Trump’s feared trade confrontation with Mexico has not happened and looks to be nowhere in sight. The American plastics industry has a large trade surplus with Mexico [..]

Injection Molding