Category Archives: Additives

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 , ,

3D-Printed Carbon Preforms Are Overmolded In New Technology

Carbon fiber 3D printing and injection molding are integrated in a novel invention from a fast-rising Massachusetts technology startup. The concept targets small, complex parts now made from [..]

Additive manufacturing, Carbon Composites, Design, Insert Molding, North America, Reinforcing Material , ,

PlastiComp Expands Proprietary CFRP Compounding

PlastiComp, a compounder in Winona, Minnesota, is boosting capacity of an interesting, proprietary process to make long-fiber, carbon-reinforced plastic (CFRP) pellets. The additional, higher-volume carbon fiber pultrusion line [..]

Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Glass-Reinforced Composites, North America, PEEK, polypropylene

Lightweighting Shines In Europe

Impact on climate change will be the biggest fallout from Donald Trump’s efforts to unwind strict federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions that would have required vehicles to [..]

Automotive, Carbon Fiber, Compression, Europe, Reinforcing Material , , , , ,

Large 3D-Printed Plastic Tools Advance

When Boeing embarked on its ambitious plan to make huge structural sections for the Dreamliner 787 aircraft from carbon composites, big questions remained on manufacturability. The biggest composite [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Engineering Thermoplastics, North America, Polyphenylene sulfide, Reinforcing Material ,

PEEK Overmolds Press-Formed Composite Part

Composite engineering will become increasingly complex to provide strong structural parts for aerospace and automotive load applications. A good example comes from the ThermoPlastic Composites Research Center (TPRC) [..]

Aircraft, Automotive, Compression, Design, Europe, Injection Molding, Injection Molding, PEEK, Reinforcing Material , , , ,

PolyOne Expands Conductive Compound IP

PolyOne, Avon Lake, Ohio, is expanding its intellectual portfolio of electrically conductive compounds with a new technology for incorporating carbon nanotubes in polycarbonate. A patent application published yesterday [..]

Asia, Conductive Material, Consumer Goods, Design, Electronics, North America, Polycarbonate , , ,

Composite System Cuts Weight 25%

Hybrid components of fiber-reinforced plastic and metal are formed and back-injected in a single step in a German automotive lightweighting research project called LEIKA. Partners in the German [..]

Automotive, Carbon Composites, Design, Europe, Green, Injection Molding, Reinforcing Material , ,

FRX Polymers Targets China, Boosts Capacity

A novel halogen-free flame retardant polymer once abandoned by Bayer is now rapidly gaining ground with growing production capacity and several major financial backers. Sales of Nofia phosphonates by FRX [..]

Flame Retardant

Ford Uses LFT-PP To Cut Weight, Costs In Front-End Module

Ford, which uses aluminum alloys in bodies, continues to advance materials technology to reduce curb weight of pickup trucks. The structural front-end module of the 2016 SuperDuty pickup [..]

Automotive, Injection Molding, polypropylene, Reinforcing Material , , ,