Putting painted Class A surfaces on a molded part requires a costly paint line, right? Well, maybe not for long. A developmental molding process developed by Ube Machinery Inc. (www.ubemachinery.com) applies liquid paint to injection parts while they're still in the tool. With the new IMPREST process, the tool opens briefly after the part has molded to allow paint to be injected. The tool then closes again, transferring the cavity surface onto the painted surface for a uniform finish. UBE will make IMPREST available machines in 2005.
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
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