Gas assist was coupled with coinjection for this Kubota sub-compact utility tractor to reduce resin content and minimize cost. Kubota and Bemis Contract Group of Lenoir, NC, partnered on the redesign to eliminate a paint requirement, simplify assembly, consolidate parts and improve the product's versatility and appearance. One of the solutions was molded-in color, said to be the first in this industry category. The coinjection tool provides the hood with integral mounting features that ease assembly, and improve driver visibility. Coinjection also allows use of reprocessed core materials. Gas assist was used for the structural hand rails that were consolidated with thin wall control covers. The materials used for the project were thermoplastic olefin (TPO), glass-filled (15 percent) polypropylene and an alloy of polycarbonate and PBT.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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