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.
A composite based on a high-performance PEEK-like resin we told you about two years ago when it was still in R&D has now been licensed by the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for commercial manufacturing.
Microsoft, HP, Dassault, and other industry heavyweights in 3D printing have launched a new 3DP file format, 3MF. The consortium says the spec will more fully describe a 3D model and will be interoperable with multiple applications, platforms, services, and printers.
NASA's been working on several different ongoing projects for 3D-printed rocket engine components in metals and now it's reached another first in aerospace 3D printing: a full-scale, 3D-printed rocket engine component made of copper.
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