Protomold president Brad Cleveland believes that the mechanical properties of plastic parts made on additive machines don't come close enough to those of injection-molded and machined plastic parts, which creates design engineering difficulties. So Design News asked Cleveland to back up his assertions about material properties — and he did. Protomold hired an independent materials testing lab, Stork Materials Technology, to run ASTM tensile and flexural tests of three kinds of ABS parts — injection molded, CNC machined and fused deposition modeled (FDM) — on a Stratasys machine. The study tested the FDM part in different orientations to account for the anisotropy found in additive parts. It also tests the molded part in two different gating configurations. The study, whose results are summarized in these tables below and which can be downloaded in full here, shows a significant strength advantage for machined and molded ABS grades.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
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