Rogers Corporation has added six new, extra-soft materials to its 4790-92 PORON Urethanes family. Available in 12- and 15-lb densities, these new products are up to 90% softer than the previous extra-soft, slow-rebound materials. With their longer recovery times and compression set less than 2%, the materials can serve in gasketing and cushioning applications requiring low closure forces, including handheld electronics. These products are cast directly onto a 0.002-inch polyester film. The materials will retain their properties at constant temperatures of up to 158F and can survive intermittent temperatures of up to 250F (121C). Visit www.rogerscorporation.com for more information.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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