Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. has developed a new family of poly-phenylene sulfide (PPS) elastomer alloys. This Xtel XE Series of materials includes two rubber-modified grades of PPS, both of which have been formulated to boost PPS's flexibility and impact strength without sacrificing its heat resistance. One of the grades, XE 3035, is designed for injection molding. The other, XE3200, targets extrusion processes. Possible applications for the new materials include molded under-the-hood automotive components and extruded pipe lining for the oil industry. Go to www.rytonPPS.com for more info.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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