New from Stratasys Inc. (www.stratasys.com) is a PC-ABS (polycarbonate-ABS) blend for rapid prototyping and rapid production. Combining the strength of PC and the flexibility of ABS, PC-ABS blends are most commonly found in automotive parts, electronics, telecommunications equipment, and toys. The new blend from Stratasys will help designers better predict end product performance, the company says, and it is compatible with three FDM™ systems from Stratasys: Titan TI, Vantage SE, and Vantage S. FDM, or fused deposition modeling, is designed for building prototype and production parts out of high-performance materials such as ABS, PC, medical grade Class VI PC, and polyphenylsulfone. For the new PC-ABS blend, two layer-thickness settings are available: 0.005 and 0.01 inch (0.127 and 0.245 mm).
Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Stratasys's PC-ABS
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
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