Category Archives: Markets

Coke Invents On-The-Fly System to Measure Bioplastic Content

Coca-Cola, arguably the largest global user of renewably sourced plastics, is developing a method to measure bio-source content on the fly. Currently used methods can be very time-consuming, [..]

Bioplastics, Green, Packaging

CFRP Roof Cuts Weight On New BMW M5

BMW is showing extended use of its carbon fiber roof technology at this week’s Frankfurt Auto Show.  First introduced on the E92 M3, the carbon fiber roof is [..]

Automotive, Carbon Composites, Europe

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 , ,

Invention Targets Mechanical Weakness of Molded-In Antennas

Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corp., Tokyo, says it has developed a superior compound for making three-dimensional antennas in cellphones. The glass-reinforced alloy of polycarbonate and ABS contains as much as [..]

ABS, Asia, Electronics, Filler, Injection Molding, Laser Structuring, Polycarbonate, Polystyrene, Reinforcing Material , , ,

Unique Micro Molder Makes Internal Threads

Successful micro molding machines are highly customized. Some players such as Accumold build their own machines to meet demands of specific molds. A relatively new German micro molder [..]

Automation/Robots, Electronics, Europe, Medical, Micro Molding, Molds & Moldmaking ,

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 ,