Category Archives: Markets

Research Shows Path To Improved Thermal Properties

Researchers at the University of Michigan have invented a specific plastic compound that releases heat 10 times faster than a typical plastic compound. The invention has no short-term [..]

Electronics

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

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 ,

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 Printer Creates In-Machine Castings

A Tennessee 3D printing startup is targeting a very specific production niche: cast plastic and metal parts in the 100 to 1000 volume range. Collider Tech of Chattanooga, [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Industrial, North America

Chrome Auto Plating Gains Despite Challenges

A dozen European companies are eyeing increased opportunity to plate injection molded plastic parts as car makers, particularly in Europe and Asia, are stepping up efforts to reduce [..]

ABS, Automotive, Europe, Foam molding, Injection Molding, Molds & Moldmaking, Polyamides, Polycarbonate ,

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 ,

Lego Tests Bricks Made From Wheat Bioplastic

Lego, which uses more than 70,000 metric tons of plastics per year, says it is making progress toward its goal of using only sustainably sourced molding materials. More [..]

ABS, Bioplastics, Consumer Goods, Europe, Injection Molding ,