Category Archives: Design

Two-Shot Molding Replaces In-Mold Decoration

Ford cut costs 30 percent by using an innovative two-shot injection molding approach for an interior decoration bezel on the 2018 Fiesta subcompact. A three-dimensional decorative effect was [..]

ABS, Design, Polycarbonate, Two-Shot

Apple Invention Combines Ceramics and Plastics

Apple is developing a comolded plastic and ceramic phone housing that combines the benefits of both materials. Traditionally phone housings have been molded plastic, but ceramics and glass [..]

Design, Electronics, Insert Molding, North America , ,

New Eastman Cellulosic Alloy Targets PC, ABS

Eastman Chemical Co. announced development of an engineering bioplastic breakthrough in a press conference May 15 at Chinaplas. Eastman Trēva is an interesting material, but the words breakthrough [..]

ABS, Acrylic, Bioplastics, Consumer Goods, Design, Engineering Thermoplastics, Green, North America, Polycarbonate ,

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 , ,

Metal Molding Makes Play For Smartphone Covers

Add powder injection molding (PIM) to the list of candidate processes for making smart phone covers stronger and less expensive. Machine builder Arburg and chemicals’ giant BASF formed [..]

Automation/Robotics, Design, Electronics, Europe, Metal Injection Molding, Metal Injection Molding (MIM) , ,

Molded Polyamide Cover Cuts Weight In Toyota Engine Application

Japanese and European car manufacturers continue to push hard for automotive lightweighting. In a recent example, Toyota has developed an improved method of covering a power transmission timing [..]

Asia, Automotive, Design, Green, Insert Molding, Polyamides , ,

Additively Manufactured PEKK Finds Aerospace, Medical Niches

One of former president Barack Obama’s most important legacies in manufacturing policy is America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), an initiative to advance additive manufacturing. [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Design, Engineering Thermoplastics, Medical, North America , , ,

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 , ,