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.
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
Arevo Labs' end-production 3D printing technology for carbon composites includes a high-temperature, filament fusion printer head design and firmware for use with the company's new carbon fiber and nanotube reinforced high-temperature matrix polymers like PEEK.
Stratasys will buy Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies and combine them with its RedEye service business. The plan takes aim at end-production manufacturing and will create one of the biggest commercial 3D printing and AM service bureaus.
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
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