Trying to keep up with new product announcements at NPE2015 is like drinking from the proverbial firehose. The triennial show is basically the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) version of plastics materials and processing, and in fact is only exceeded in floor space by CES. So we've got lots to share with you this week and next on materials, processes, and even 3D printing.
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Many of the materials we feature in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, as well as some reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications are very wide-ranging, from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages in packaging, transport, and storage.
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PolyOne GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers launched an overmolding technology at NPE2015 based on its Versaflex VDT thermoplastic elastomer (TPEs). These were developed for vibration and impact damping applications. The new overmolding version bonds well to polycarbonate, nylon, and other polymers, for use in applications like consumer electronics, power tools, sporting goods, and appliances. Grades of this new material deliver the same vibration and impact damping performance as the original Versaflex VDT, and are more cost-effective than self-adhesive vibration damping tapes, avoiding secondary operations. They are opaque, colorable, and available in 40 - 60 Shore A hardness levels.
Ann R. Thryft is senior technical editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 25 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, machine vision, and all kinds of communications.