The latest series of elastomers from Teknor Apex lowers the hardness of thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) to a range normally occupied by styrenic block copolymers and other non-crosslinked thermoplastic elastomers. The company's Uniprene 2000 Series comes in durometers of 15, 25, and 35 Shore A, while earlier TPV grades typically bottomed out at 45 Shore A. Though soft, the new Uniprene series has been formulated to preserve some traditional advantages of TPVs, including elevated temperature performance, chemical resistance, and good compression set. For more information, visit www.teknorapex.com.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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