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Content tagged with Materials & Assembly posted in October 2010
Injected Projectile Boosts Design Options
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10/28/2010  Post a comment
Internal channels are more uniform and smoother with a new injection molding technology developed by Röchling.
P&G Pilots Green Sugarcane Packaging
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10/19/2010  Post a comment
The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) plans to use renewable, sustainable, sugarcane-derived plastic on selected packaging.
Toyota Accelerates Use of Bioplastics
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10/19/2010  1 comment
PET made from sugar cane will debut on the Lexus CT200h early next year.
New BMW Electric Car Features Carbon Composites
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10/18/2010  1 comment
CFRP costs are slashed in the new BMW vehicle called Megacity through back integration of carbon-fiber supply.
Seamless Chain Produces Conformally Cooled Molds
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10/8/2010  Post a comment
New tooling designs are emerging from a technology that combines additive manufacturing from EOS with high-speed milling and wire EDM.
Unique Welding Process Expands TPE Use
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10/8/2010  Post a comment
Genesis Plastics Welding adapts proprietary high-frequency process to allow use of TPEs in medical bags.
3D Systems Acquires Maker of Low-Priced 3-D Printers
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10/8/2010  1 comment
The acquisition of Bits from Bytes shows the rapid movement of rapid prototyping to inexpensive systems accessible to small businesses and hobbyists.
Federal Stimulus Boosts Carbon Composite Hopes
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10/6/2010  Post a comment
New ORNL facility will produce carbon fiber made from low-cost feedstocks such as biomass-derived lignin.




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