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.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
Design engineers play a big role in selecting both suppliers and materials for their designs. Our most recent Design News Materials Survey says they continue to be highly involved, in some ways even more than the last time we asked to peek inside their cubicles.
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