DuPont is focusing development of its proprietary nanocomposite technology on a range of polymer matrices including polyester and polyamides. That was one of the announcements made by Nandan Rao, the technology director for performance materials during a press conference in Prague to discuss developments that will be shown at K 2007 in Düsseldorf this fall. At any given temperature, the modulus of nano-reinforced PET improves up to a maximum of 140° Celsius.What it means: use of the nano materials can reduce the amount of glass reinforcement and improve surface properties. Less glass reinforcement opens the door to reduced weight without sacrificing properties.
A new compression molding compound material combines the light weight, strength, and rigidity of carbon fibers with the flexibility and lower cost of glass materials in a composite compatible with automotive production.
Plastic bearings are real and millions of them are in use doing heavy-duty jobs we used to think only metals could do. Some of Germany-based igus's bearings are traveling around the world as functional parts in a car to demonstrate what they can do.
Baxter showed off his 2.0-derived moves at ATX West this year. The big red guy still looks pretty much the same, but has some new abilities, mostly due to software. The research robot version is now being used in corporate R&D departments as a design platform.
End-production using 3D printing, including objects made of multiple materials in one pass, is getting closer to reality as we saw on the exhibit floor at the recent Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show.