An acrylic double-sided tape attaches moldings and emblems to both the composites and metals, simplifying automobile repair market. Ashland Specialty Polymers & Adhesives is producing the latest entrant in the Valvoline line of auto body repair product, a double-sided tape that is water clear and features a solid core.
The double-sided tapes come in 1/4-, 1/2- and 7/8-inch sizes. They are packaged in 20-ft rolls to reduce waste. They are formulated as a solid, so they don't hold moisture or dust like other foam-core tapes. The Pliogrip by Valvoline automobile body repair system utilizes urethane, epoxy and MS Polymer technologies.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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