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.
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.
Daihatsu is one of the first carmakers to customize car exteriors using 3D printing's mass customization capabilities. Effect Skins -- small exterior bumper and fender panels in different colors and textures -- can be ordered for its Copen convertible.
Several new products in this group of new adhesives, coatings, and sealants are formulated to protect sensitive electronic components, or to seal components of commercial and military aircraft. Others are designed to operate in tough, messy, dirty oil & gas operations, or for rotary applications and motors.
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