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.
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.