Bayer Polymers (www.bayerpolymers.com) has introduced a new heat-resistant thermoplastic for auto -body panels. Called Triax TP 3161, this PA/ABS has a heat distortion temperature of up to 392 F, so it can withstand e-coat process without a conductive primer. The material has also been designed to offer a higher stiffness and lower CLTE than earlier body panel thermoplastics. Triax 3161 targets fender applications, though it could also see use in rear side panels.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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