Category Archives: Markets

CFRP Tube Connects Engine To Transmission

The torque tube housing in the 2017 aluminum-bodied Mercedes GT R sports car is made from aviation-grade carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) in a one-shot production process. The [..]

Automotive, Blow molding, Carbon Composites, Europe, Resin Transfer Molding ,

Korean Auxiliaries Target Automotive Foam Molding

Steam-assisted molding is taking on physical and chemical foaming as a preferred way to lightweight automotive components. The technology is already well established in Asia to make parts [..]

Asia, Automotive, Auxiliary Equipment, Electronics

Improved Polyamide Yields Big Fuel Savings

Years of research into improving the wear resistance properties of polyamide 46 is starting to yield major dividends for DSM as auto manufacturers accelerate replacement of polyamide 66 [..]

Automotive, North America, Polyamides , ,

GM Eyes Advanced Aluminum Molds

General Motors is developing new hard-facing approaches using titanium and titanium carbide as it bids to expand the use of low-cost tooling made from aluminum or plastic composites [..]

Automotive, Injection Molding, Molds & Moldmaking, North America , ,

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