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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

Look For Role of Bamboo To Grow

Look for bamboo’s role in bioplastics (and as a plastics replacement) to grow because of contributions in the climate change argument, as well as a program by China [..]

Asia, Bioplastics ,

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 , ,

What Ever Happened to That 8,800-Ton Husky Press?

Here’s an update on one of the two biggest injection molding machines ever built: An 8800-ton press built by Husky Injection Molding Systems for Chrysler Corp. 20 years [..]

Automotive, Construction, North America

KraussMaffei Expands Chinese Production

KraussMaffei, once the largest global producer of plastics processing machinery, will substantially increase its Chinese footprint under ChemChina, which acquired the iconic German company last year. Capacity and [..]

Asia

Cost Synergies at DowDuPont: Are They Real?

As I’ve commented before, I have trouble understanding the DowDuPont merger. One problem area  is the promised $660 million in procurement savings. In the first place, let’s be [..]

North America ,

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

Kurz Eyes 3D Printing On Foil

German foil maker Kurz is developing a technology that will replace in-mold decorating (IMD) with 3D printing for specific applications that create a whole new look of customized [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Europe, In-mold labeling (IML), Polycarbonate , ,