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GF Machining Solutions touts milling machine's flexibility

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2014

As an all-in-one production system designed with today's moldmakers in mind, the new Mikron HSM MoldMaster (MM) high-speed milling machine gives shops the versatility to produce a range of mold and die-related components. From 58Rc steel mold cores to hot pressing dies and even sinker-EDM electrodes for intricate mold cavities, the HSM 500 MoldMaster does it all, said GF Machining Solutions.

Hasco improves two-stage ejection

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 7th, 2014

The use of two-stage ejection technology is one of the ways in which complex parts with undercuts can be demolded. This seemingly straightforward mechanism, with its force-controlled and low-play movement, even permits the release of undercuts located inside the part, said Hasco Hasenclever GmbH, a global supplier of hot runner systems technology. 

German chemicals company Evonik establishes Medical Devices Project House in Alabama

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 7th, 2014

Chemicals company Evonik (Hanau, Germany) is ready to launch its Medical Devices Project House in Birmingham, AL, with a branch in Hanau (Germany). The company's eleventh such project house but its first in the medtech arena, its goal is to develop system solutions for medical technology and expand Evonik's capabilities in biomaterials and polymers, especially in implantable applications.

PolyOne showcases innovative automotive solutions at VDI conference

By Karen Laird
Published: April 7th, 2014

At the PolyOne VDI stand in Mannheim, Germany, last week, the company exhibited a range of specialty materials aimed at optimizing sustainability, improving design freedom, and boosting manufacturing efficiency. One of the areas targeted was vibration and noise control, with a starring role for the company's OnFlex TPE material. With this TPE material, the company stated, automakers and suppliers will be better able to achieve their goals regarding product esthetics, performance characteristics, and cost reduction.

Molding systems maker Ettlinger fetes 30 years, but best is yet to come

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 7th, 2014

As it celebrates the big three-0 this month, Ettlinger Kunststoffmaschinen GmbH (Königsbrunn, Germany) isn't about to rest on its laurels as a maker of injection molding machines and melt filters. In fact, its customers won't let it. Growing global demand for its services means that it must continue its aggressive international expansion even as it commemorates its achievements.

Ferrari, Maserati adopt green fuel vapor separators

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: April 7th, 2014

DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies (Airasca, Italy) for the fuel vapor separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. This solution, in halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will reportedly increase the fire safety of the cars by combining flame retardancy with a high level of chemical resistance, essential for this application.

Is 3D printing transformative?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 4th, 2014

This past week, at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in New York, NY, 3D Systems announced that it is introducing 3D Printing 2.0, or the "next generation" of the technology, according to Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems, in an interview on Fox Business Network. He called it 2.0 because the technology is "going from expensive and complicated to inexpensive and simple."

Foster Corp. introduces heat- and light-stabilized medical-grade PEBA

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: April 4th, 2014

Like many polymers, polyether block amide (PEBA) copolymers can degrade over time, which may lead to functional failure. This is especially problematic in medical applications, notably in catheters. To prevent degradation of stored devices caused by exposure to heat, light, or other environmental factors, Foster Corp. (Putnam, CT), a supplier of custom polymers for medical devices, has introduced heat- and light-stabilized PEBA copolymers.

Linear Mold & Engineering provides first-hand look at DMLS at RAPID 2014

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: April 4th, 2014

Linear Mold & Engineering is a full-service engineering company providing a range of services including designing and building molds for a variety of plastics processes including injection, compression, and blow molding. The company is one of the largest direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) operations in North America, and will showcase its wide range of capabilities at booth 1530 at RAPID 2014, June 9-12, at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

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.

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