Automotive

3D-printed conformal cooling channels for injection molds improve productivity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 4th, 2014

Conformal cooling technology in injection molds has been around for a couple of decades. It was developed as a way to create cooling channels that follow, or conform, to the shape of the molded part in order to get cooling close to critical areas that otherwise would be difficult to cool, such as thicker wall sections. Conformal cooling technology offers a more uniform way to cool parts, thus reducing cycle time and improving productivity and quality.

BMW: carbon fiber for affordable lightweight vehicle design?

By Karen Laird
Published: April 4th, 2014

Mannheim, Germany - The inescapable theme at this year's Plastics in Automotive Engineering conference, organized by the Association of German Engineers, was lightweighting, and the buzz word was carbon fiber. With good cause.

Plastic functions as electric car enabler

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 3rd, 2014

The BMW i3 electric vehicle employs several innovative components enabled by plastics. These include the backrests of the front seats, key reinforcement parts in the carbon fiber composite body, and the rear seat shell.

Feelin’ groovy? The Street Shark bionic surface reduces drag, enhances car performance

By Karen Laird
Published: April 3rd, 2014

Mannheim, Germany — Shark skin, which has a special, grooved microstructure that reduces flow resistance, thus allowing sharks to move swiftly and efficiently through the water, has long been admired by engineers. Now, in a collaborative project with four other companies, Frimo, the Germany-based provider of system solutions for the manufacture of plastic components, has produced an artificial shark skin surface texture that works the same way - but on land for cars.

Fighting fake resin; the cost of conforming

By Stephen Moore
Published: April 2nd, 2014

The recent discovery of use of counterfeit polyamide resin in a key component molded in China for Aston Martin sports cars may be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to such practices but it's not the case that all processors in China can't be trusted. There are honest molders out there going to extraordinary lengths to ensure their operations are completely above-board.

Plenary speakers at SPE Antec 2014 to cover nanocomposites, sustainability and 21st century plastics age

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 2nd, 2014

Plenary speeches at at the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Antec 2014 will address new technical and business developments that could benefit plastics, according to SPE.

Antec 2014 will take place April 28-30, 2014 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel in Las Vegas. Plenary sessions will take place on each day of the conference:

Toughened PA 66 boasts low-temp impact strength and superior surface finish

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 1st, 2014

Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland) is supplying a special polyamide (PA) 66 compound for a molded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, Milwaukee, WI).

Engine cover highlights excellent surface appearance of reinforced polyamide grades

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 31st, 2014

Glass and mineral reinforced polyamide (PA) 6 grades are making inroads into automotive engine covers, where there excellent surface appearance and outstanding processing are reportedly sought after. The Akulon Ultraflow grades are supplied by DSM Engineering Plastics (Singapore).

PolyOne launches high-performance solutions for auto interiors

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 27th, 2014

PolyOne (Cleveland, OH) has introduced new compounds for the auto sector: Geon VBX 3577 vinyl powder for automotive interior surfaces; and Geon VBX 3600 series for instrument panels with seamless airbags. Both formulations can reportedly deliver cycle time reduction benefits, allowing processors to improve profitability while meeting tough low-temperature OEM performance requirements for slush-molded automotive interior parts.

Invista starts work on China polyamide project

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: March 26th, 2014

Invista (Wichita, KS) has started construction of a 150,000-tonnes/year polyamide (PA) 66 plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in China. The company is also constructing a  hexamethylene diamine (HMD) monomer plant there. The polymer and monomer plants are expected to start up in 2015.

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