Lubrizol has developed a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) urethane that targets replacement of silicone in peristaltic pumps. Peristaltic pumps are positive displacement pumps used to pump a variety of fluids. A technical officer of Lubrizol interviewed at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA yesterday said that the new TPU is melt processable, unlike silicone, which is a thermoset. The new material would be one of the softest TPUs with Rockwell Hardness of 62A. The product was on display at the Lubrizol booth. Full details are expected to be disclosed at the Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC) of the Society of Plastics Engineers in Boston this May.
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.