Engel is showcasing a new process called “Exjection” that combines injection molding and extrusion. The process allows engineers to design long thin-walled plastic profiles that integrate a variety of elements that now require expensive secondary operations. Metals parts can be inserted in the mold cavity. Films can also be applied in the tool. The new process was described at Molding 2008 by Joachim Kragl, manager of processing technology for Engel of Canada, Guelph, Ontario. During the injection cycle, the mold cavity is moved to the machine axis. At the same time, plastic is injected into the cavity.
Applications proposed for the process include:
A water drain channel out of PP with a length of 3 meters
A cable binder made of PEEK, length 1500 mm
A furniture profile with textile decoration or aluminum decor
An entrance ledge with metallic effect pigmentation
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
A tiny humanoid robot has safely piloted a small plane all the way from cold start to takeoff, landing and coming to a full stop on the plane's designated runway. Yes, it happened in a pilot training simulation -- but the research team isn't far away from doing it in the real world.
Some in the US have welcomed 3D printing for boosting local economies and bringing some offshored manufacturing back onshore. Meanwhile, China is wielding its power of numbers, and its very different relationships between government, education, and industry, to kickstart a homegrown industry.
You can find out practically everything you need to know about engineering plastics as alternatives to other materials at the 2014 IAPD Plastics Expo. Admission is free for engineers, designers, specifiers, and OEMs, as well as students and faculty.
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