Reduce part variability and improve tolerance control with a new barrel heating system in which induction coils replace heater bands. Recent tests at Sabic Innovative Plastics in Pittsfield, MA, show that melt streams are exposed to less shear and have a more homogeneous melt temperature when injected into a mold cavity. The induction approach was developed recently by Xaloy, a screw and barrel producer based in New Castle, PA. The report was reviewed at Molding 2008 today in San Francisco.
NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has entered Mars' atmosphere, carrying instruments to help Earthlings figure out what happened to it. Launched last November, the spacecraft arrived at the red planet right on time after a journey of 442 million miles.
Airbus Defence and Space has 3D printed titanium brackets for communications satellites. The redesigned, one-piece 3D-printed brackets have better thermal resistance than conventionally manufactured parts, can be produced faster, cost 20% less, and save about 1 kg of weight per satellite.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
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