At NPE 2006, Engel displayed an all-electric tiebarless machine that produced a two-cavity, two-component cover plate. This E-MOTION 110 Combi US molds parts from Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). After the in-line injection units inject the PBT, the second piggyback-mounted units inject the LSR. In addition to the multi-component advantages of new design possibilities, reduced cost and improved quality from the single-step process, the electric approach adds other benifits. "In general, if we compare an all-electric injection molding to hydraulic, the biggest advantage is efficiency, be it multi-component or single component is about 30 to 40 percent less," says Engel's Kragl. In addition, the all-electric machine reduces the noise level by as much as 10 to 15 dB compared to a hydraulic machine.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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