PAI resin employed in cam sprocket

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 29th, 2015

A polyamide-imide (PAI) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers (Alpharetta, GA) has been used to replace conventional metal in the fabrication of an innovative cam sprocket design for the Polimotor 2 project. Solvay is the principal material sponsor for this highly anticipated technical project, which aims to design and manufacture a next-generation, all-plastic engine for competitive racing in 2016.

Dow expands product range with new Innate packaging resins

By Kari Embree
Published: October 28th, 2015

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) has launched Innate Precision Packaging Resins, a new range of resins designed to help customers tackle what Dow calls some of today’s most challenging packaging performance gaps. This is the first time the Company has released a major product since Intune—a polypropylene-based olefin block copolymer which was launched at the K 2013 trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Low-viscosity, transparent adhesive introduced for medical applications

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 27th, 2015

Adhesives supplier Panacol Elosol GmbH (Steinbach, Germany), a Honle Group company, will feature its new low-viscosity and transparent adhesive for plastic, glass and metal compounds at the Compamed trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany, next month. Vitralit UV 4050 LV, which is suitable for automated assembly operations, adheres to most plastics, including PC, PVC, PS, ABS and SAN, as well as metals and glass.

Stratasys expands use of Ultem 1010 resin

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 27th, 2015

Stratasys (Eden Prairie, MN) has made Ultem 1010 resin available for the Fortus 400mc and 450mc 3D Production Systems. The material previously was available only for the Fortus 900mc.

Added to the Stratasys material portfolio in 2014, this high-performance fused deposition modeling (FDM) thermoplastic offers the best heat resistance, tensile strength and chemical resistance of any FDM thermoplastic, according to the company.

Aurora Plastics brands cellular PVC foam and PVC capstock product lines

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: October 27th, 2015

Aurora Plastics Inc. (Streetsboro, OH), a manufacturer of high-quality PVC compounds, announced brand names for two of its major product lines: AuroraLite PCV cellular foam and AuroraShield PVC/acrylic capstock.

Racing kayak, bike adopt spread tow reinforcements

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: October 26th, 2015

Thule Adventure team is one of the highest ranked multi-sport teams in the world, and with their new kayaks reinforced by spread tow fabric they hope to win another world championship. Spread tow fabric is made by spreading carbon fiber tows into tapes and then weaving fabric from these unidirectional tapes.

Korea steps up in auto carbon fiber composites

By Stephen Moore
Published: October 25th, 2015

The JEC Asia exhibition in Singapore was well attended by Korean companies showcasing their latest carbon fiber composites technology for the automotive sector. Take Dongsung Chemical, for example, which exhibited and delivered a presentation on a long carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) seat frame manufactured using a compression molding-injection back molding process.

Dow Chemical's Q3 earnings beat estimates thanks to strong plastic margins

By Kari Embree
Published: October 25th, 2015

Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) reported third-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ expectations as wider margins in European plastics more than made up for declining agriculture markets.

Adidas unveils the ultimate 3D-printed personalized shoe design

By Karen Laird
Published: October 25th, 2015

If the German sporting goods giant adidas (Herzogenaurach, Germany) has anything to say about it—which, of course, it does—3D printing will dominate the future of performance footwear. And with Futurecraft 3D, a unique 3D-printed running shoe midsole which can be tailored to the cushioning needs of an individual’s foot, adidas is making the future happen today. This is all with the help of an open source partnership with Materialise, the Belgian additive manufacturing experts.

Medtech industry checkup from SPI sees continued growth for plastics

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: October 23rd, 2015

The bad news: We're not getting any younger. The good news: As we slouch into those golden years, plastics will help us to live longer and more comfortably. A well-researched and eminently readable issue of Plastics Market Watch devoted to medical technology, published by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association (Washington, DC), analyzes various aspects of the global medtech markets and makes a persuasive case for the inevitability of plastics in medical product design and manufacturing.

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