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.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.
Aerojet Rocketdyne has built and successfully hot-fire tested an entire 3D-printed rocket engine. In other news, NASA's 3D-printed rocket engine injectors survived tests generating a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. Some performed equally well or better than welded parts.
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