DN Editor-in-Chief John Dodge and Contributing Editor Doug Smock last week spent a day at one of the top plastics R&D centers in the country Sabic Innovative Plastics Polymer Processing Development Center (PPDC) in Pittsfield, MA. Sabic engineers validate and test new materials and processes directly for customers or come with innovations they take to market themselves. Dodge shot 10 videos showing a variety of advanced processes and PPDC machines.
SABIC PPDC VIDEO COVERAGE:
An Aesthetic Look
PPDC Operations Leader Vincent Lanning shows how a process gives parts made from filled plastic resin an aesthetic look. Watch Now
Need A Lift?
Sabics PPDC has about a dozen overhead cranes for moving around machines and molds weighing up to 35 tons. One crane has a 350-ton capacity. Watch Now
Using a 3D printer, CNC router, and existing powertrain components, a team of engineers is building an electric car from scratch on the floor of the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this week.
In November, a European space probe will try to land on the surface of a comet moving at about 84,000 mph and rotating with a period of 12.7 hours. Many factors make positioning the probe for the landing an engineering challenge.
NinjaFlex flexible 3D printing filament made from thermoplastic elastomers is available in a growing assortment of colors, most recently gold and silver. It's flexible and harder than you'd expect: around 85A (Shore A).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.