Category Archives: Markets

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 , ,

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

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 , , ,

Thermoplastics Break Out In 3D-Printed Autoclavable Tools

Additive Engineering Solutions of Akron Ohio has successfully printed autoclavable composite molding tools in 16 different thermoplastics using a Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine from Cincinnati Inc. [..]

Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Engineering Thermoplastics, Molds & Moldmaking, North America, Polyphenylene sulfide , , ,

Medical Micro Is A Hot Business

Micro molding capabilities continue to grow among an elite supply base as demand accelerates at about 10 percent annually, more than triple overall American economic growth. At the [..]

Medical, Micro Molding , ,

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 ,