MATERIALS: Integran Technologies Inc. announced the introduction of their Nanovate™ NP nanometal/polymer hybrid technology designed to improve the strength, stiffness and temperature performance of bare polymer parts. These hybrid parts are targeted to displace lightweight metal solutions such as machined aluminum or die cast magnesium.
Nanovate™ NP hybrids are produced by coating an injection-molded polymer substrate with a thin layer of ultra high-strength metal. The metal coating derives its strength from its nanocrystalline grain structure, and imparts this strength onto the substrate via high- strength interfacial bonds.
In 2007, DuPont and Integran’s joint ventures Morph and PowerMetal Technologies announced the introduction of MetaFuse™ nanometal/polymer hybrids which use polymer resins from DuPont specifically designed for the Nanovate™ process. The launch of Nanovate™ NP continues in this work by extending the range of potential polymer substrates to polymers from ABS for simple applications to PEEK for very demanding one.
-Edited by Kelsey Anderson