Category Archives: Additives

Engel Advances In-Situ Polymerization of Polyamide Composites

Engel is significantly fine-tuning a potentially game-changing approach to the production of composite parts. The overall technology is the anionic polymerization of caprolactam to polyamide 6, which allows [..]

Automotive, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Europe, Industrial, Injection Molding, Molds & Moldmaking, Polyamides , ,

SILQ: Some Pretty Silly Hype From Steelcase

Office furniture manufacturer Steelcase made the extraordinary claim this week that it has “created a new high-performance polymer material that emulates the qualities of carbon fiber at a [..]

Carbon Fiber, North America, Office Products

Apple Invents System To CoMold Plastic and Ceramic

Apple is developing ways to improve the durability and usefulness of ceramic as a housing for smart phones and watches. In a patent application published today, Apple discloses [..]

ABS, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Consumer Goods, Design, Electronics, Insert Molding, North America, Polyamides , ,

Dell Uses 1 Million Pounds of Recycled Carbon Fiber This Year

Global computer manufacturer Dell Technologies says it will use approximately 1 million pounds of recycled carbon fiber this year, more than double the volume from the previous two [..]

Carbon Fiber, Electronics, North America, Polycarbonate , , ,

Making Magnetic Molded Parts Faster, Cheaper

Two inventions point to new ways to create magnetic properties in molded plastic parts. Sabic applied for a for a method of manufacturing a functionally graded part in [..]

Magnetic Material, North America

Bio Foam-In-Place Is SPE Finalist

A next-generation sustainable foam is a finalist in the 2017 SPE Automotive design competition. A castor oil-based foam is used in an innovative way  on the 2018 Ford [..]

Automotive, Bioplastics, Compression, Filler, Injection Molding, North America, Reinforcing Material , , ,

Ford Cuts Costs with Recycled Carbon Fiber

Ford is using a reinforced polypropylene made from recycled carbon fiber in the 2018 Explorer sport-utility vehicle (SUV) for the rigid portion of an “A” pillar bracket. The [..]

Automotive, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, North America, Reinforcing Material ,

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 ,

Invention Targets Mechanical Weakness of Molded-In Antennas

Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corp., Tokyo, says it has developed a superior compound for making three-dimensional antennas in cellphones. The glass-reinforced alloy of polycarbonate and ABS contains as much as [..]

ABS, Asia, Electronics, Filler, Injection Molding, Laser Structuring, Polycarbonate, Polystyrene, Reinforcing Material , , ,

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 ,