Category Archives: Automotive

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 , ,

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 ,

Toshiba Machine Gets Divorce From Toshiba; Expands Line

Toshiba Machine Co., Tokyo, has extracted itself from the troubled Toshiba Group, and is expanding its lineup of injection molding machinery. The company is launching the all-electric EC280SXII, [..]

Asia, Automotive, Injection Molding ,

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 , ,

Lightweighting Shines In Europe

Impact on climate change will be the biggest fallout from Donald Trump’s efforts to unwind strict federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions that would have required vehicles to [..]

Automotive, Carbon Fiber, Compression, Europe, Reinforcing Material , , , , ,

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 , , , ,

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 , ,

PATAC Pioneers 3D-Printed PA6 For Intake Manifold Parts

IThe Shanghai-based Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), a joint venture between General Motors and SAIC Motor, wants to take a leadership role in developing 3D-printed parts for [..]

Additive manufacturing, Asia, Automotive, Polyamides , ,

SABIC Seeks Patent For Conformal Cooling Via Additive Manufacturing

SABIC is seeking to patent the concept of creating conformal cooling channels in mold inserts with additive manufacturing processes such as laser sintering.  A U.S. patent application titled [..]

Additive manufacturing, Automotive, Cooling/Heating, Design, Electronics, Injection Molding , ,

MCC’s New BioPlastic Is Expensive Niche Material

Acceptance rates are slow for a new engineering plastic called Durabio developed by Mazda and Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) that targets polycarbonate and acrylic. The big problem is [..]

Asia, Automotive, Bioplastics, Electronics, Green