Companies continue to invest in micro molding assets as demand for tiny products grows. In a recent move, Spectrum Plastics Group of Minneapolis announced that it has acquired advanced micro molding assets, expanding the company’s full range of injection molding and rapid prototyping services to production of true micro-molded components and devices from highly engineered materials.
The acquisition includes six machines that will be part of Spectrum Plastic Group’s Minneapolis operation. The new machines will enable Spectrum Plastics to deliver parts from 100 thousandths of an inch to 1.25 inches and 1/4 grams to 5 grams. They expect these capabilities to benefit customers in the medical device, aerospace and defense markets.
HP revealed more of its 3D printing plans in a recent webinar. Senior vice president of inkjet and graphics solution business Stephen Nigro spoke about how the technology works and expanded on HP's vision of open collaboration to commercialize its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for end-production, and open collaboration on new materials. He also said HP will create software to help users decide when to use Multi Jet Fusion versus conventional subtractive manufacturing.
A lightweight electric urban concept car designed by several European companies weighs only 992 lb without its battery. It would have weighed 26.7 lb more if its windows were made of glass instead of the specially coated LEXAN polycarbonate resin from SABIC Innovative Plastics.
Skylar Tibbits' team in MIT's Self-Assembly Lab is now 4D printing self-assembling shapes made of programmable carbon composites and custom wood grain. The composites are being used in a sport car airfoil, and the wood grain is beautiful.
The NanoSteel Company has produced high-hardness ferrous metal matrix composite (MMC) parts using a new nanosteel powder in a one-step 3D-printing process. Parts are 99.9% dense, crack-free, and with wear resistance comparable to M2 tool steels.
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