Color concentrates impart a soft translucent "frosted" effect to polypropylene (PP) products. Based on heavy metal-free pigments in a PP carrier resin, these additions to the TEKlite(reg) line of concentrates produce the frosted effect uniformly throughout the molded or extruded product. Standard TEKlite frosted-effect colors include light blue and green, lime, dark green, yellow, and red. The colors are supplied as nominal 0.125- or 0.0625-inch pellets or beads and can be used with homopolymer or copolymer PP resins in injection molding.
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A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.