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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in January 2004
Flexible and rigid plastics join forces-inside a blow mold
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1/20/2004  Post a comment
Hybrid injection molding technology, which joins metal and plastic inside the mold to produce structural components that offer the best of both materials, has been around for more than a dozen years now. But Bayer Polymers, a pioneer in this technology, has now come up with a brand new kind of hybrid based on extrusion blow molding.
Network to link top nanotech labs
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1/20/2004  Post a comment
The National Science Foundation has created a network of 13 universities with well-established nanotechnology research programs, aiming to help them develop materials, manufacturing techniques and educational materials that will advance state of the art in the field.
Silver still rules the road-but for how long?
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1/14/2004  Post a comment
This should come as no surprise to anyone who ever goes for a drive, but silver for the second year in a row ranked as the most popular automotive color in the annual DuPont Automotive Color Popularity Report.




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