One sign that the carbon nanotube market is heating up is the range of products that Nanocyl will be exhibiting at the Chinaplas International Exhibition from April 19-22 in Shanghai. Featured will be Nanocyl’s NC 7000 Thin Multiwall CNTs, which Nanocyl says are the most electrically conductive carbon nanotubes available today. Their small size and high aspect ratio lets them form a network of conductivity at a very low concentration.
The new PLASTICYL PEEK 1001 thermoplastic concentrates will also be exhibited. These materials provide either electrical conductivity or ESD protection, and are available in a several thermoplastic resins, including PC, PP, PA, POM and TPU. Established only in 2002, Nanocyl S.A., is installing a new reactor with a capacity of 400 metric tons/year for producing its NC 7000 carbon nanotube technologies. The new reactor, scheduled to come online in July, is located in Sambreville, Belgium.
How 3D printing fits into the digital thread, and the relationship between its uses for prototyping and for manufacturing, was the subject of a talk by Proto Labs' Rich Baker at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis.
How can automakers, aerospace contractors, and other OEMs get new metal alloys that are stronger, harder, and can survive ever higher temperatures? One way is to redesign their crystalline structures at the nanoscale and microscale.
Although a lot of the excitement about 3D printing and additive manufacturing surrounds its ability to make end-products and functional prototypes, some often ignored applications are the big improvements that can come by using it for tooling, jigs, and fixtures.
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