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 •  October 4

Siemens PLM and HP Inc . have created a partnership to advance their 3D printing tools for industrial design and production. Siemens has created an HP-certified additive manufacturing (AM) software module. The module, Siemens NX AM for HP Multi Jet Fusion, is now an extension to Siemens’ solution for additive manufacturing.

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 •  September 14

A new thermoplastic material could enable battery makers to integrate cooling channels into a battery’s case, resulting in a lighter pack with higher energy density. The new material, known as BayBlend TP4065, brings a new wrinkle to battery development because it can stand up to liquid coolants without degrading. As a result, battery makers can...

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 •  July 7

Suppliers aim for big growth in applications ranging from automotive interiors to home appliances. DuPont accelerated its efforts in the nascent field of structural electronics last week, teaming with a supplier that makes molded parts for automobiles and home appliances. The partnership sets the stage for the growth of so-called “in-mold...

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 •  May 17

Compressing the product development cycle is a primary goal of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. Increasingly, designers who use AM processes are looking for ways to skip steps and build prototypes faster. Achieving this goal, however, will require new materials. Israel-based Stratasys has unveiled two new printing materials that may fit...

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 •  May 4

Hybrid approach enables engineers to cut weight in high-load, high-volume auto applications. In a new twist on automotive lightweighting, engineers from Eaton Corp. are combining steel with carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics to cut weight in high-load, high-volume powertrain applications, such as differential housings and transmission gear...

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 •  April 13

Increasingly, digital manufacturing companies that offer molding services for custom prototypes and low-volume production parts are finding their customers are demanding more speed than ever. Insert molding technology helps them trim turnaround time from Increasingly, OEMs are seeing a change in the timelines of the companies they sell to....

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 •  February 12

Japanese engineering plastics suppliers are turning to foaming as a process to realize further lightweighting in automotive and other transportation applications. Kaneka, for example, recently introduced developments in the foaming of polycarbonate alloys and now, fellow Japanese company says it has been successful in chemical foaming of its...

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 •  November 16, 2016

The plastics waste crisis isn't getting better. Last spring, we reported that in 2025 fish in the ocean will outweigh plastic by only three to one, and by 2050 plastic will outweigh fish entirely if something doesn't change. Since then, studies have found microplastics ingested by deep-sea animals at 6,000 feet below sea level, microbeads in...

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 •  November 15, 2016

Researchers in Spain and Portugal have made the first bioplastic from a cheese byproduct. The material is polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), obtained by a microbial fermentation bioprocess of whey, which is created during cheese production. It will be used as a biodegradable packaging material, called Wheypack, that can be tailored to specific dairy...

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 •  October 19, 2016

Although it may sound counter-intuitive, some next-generation bio-based materials are superior in performance to their counterparts derived from petroleum. This is especially true of certain biopolymers, adhesives, coatings, and advanced materials. However, they also face some commercial challenges. In various applications from transportation and...