Category Archives: Automotive

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

SABIC Strikes Gold With PC Glazing

SABIC stuck to its guns and is slowly starting to see substantial results from years-long efforts to advance polycarbonate glazing in cars. The company announced today that the [..]

ABS, Asia, Automotive, Design, Green, Injection compression, Injection Molding, Polycarbonate , , ,

IMD Boosts Appearance of Auto Panels

Leonhard Kurz of Fürth, Germany, is introducing several new ways to decorate molded plastic parts. In one example, overmolded composite parts are in-mold decorated, replacing expensive lacquering and [..]

Automotive, In-Mold Decorating, In-mold labeling (IML) ,

Evonik Boosts Capacity For Structural Foam

Reflecting growing demand for structural foams to lighten weight, Evonik is boosting capacity to make performance foams in Darmstadt, Germany, “by about 20 percent as a first step.” [..]

Aircraft, Alternative energy, Automotive, Design, Sports , ,

Engel Makes Composites With In-Situ Polymerization

Engel Austria is combining in situ polymerization of sold caprolactam and injection molding in a parallel process in a novel exhibit at Composites Europe 2016 in Düsseldorf, Germany, [..]

Automotive, Electronics, Europe, Injection Molding ,

Ford Uses LFT-PP To Cut Weight, Costs In Front-End Module

Ford, which uses aluminum alloys in bodies, continues to advance materials technology to reduce curb weight of pickup trucks. The structural front-end module of the 2016 SuperDuty pickup [..]

Automotive, Injection Molding, polypropylene, Reinforcing Material , , ,

BASF Targets Special Polyamides For Charge Air Ducts

Specially tailored polyamides are targeting turbocharger components as automakers downsize engines to meet increasingly stringent fuel efficiency and tailpipe emissions requirements. One example is the 2.0L GTDI turbo [..]

Automotive, Europe, Polyamides

New Lincoln Seat System Relies On Molded Parts

Ford has applied for 83 patents on a new seat system that relies heavily on injection molded plastic components. The modular composite front-seat cushion pan is being used [..]

Automotive, Composites, Design, Injection Molding, North America, Polyacetal, Polyamides , , ,