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
HP revealed more of its 3D printing plans in a recent webinar. Senior vice president of inkjet and graphics solution business Stephen Nigro spoke about how the technology works and expanded on HP's vision of open collaboration to commercialize its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for end-production, and open collaboration on new materials. He also said HP will create software to help users decide when to use Multi Jet Fusion versus conventional subtractive manufacturing.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
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