Acetal isn't just for injection molding anymore. At the recent National Plastics Exposition in Chicago, DuPont Engineering Polymers (http://plastics.dupont.com) introduced Delrin® acetal sheet suitable for thermoforming. Sold under the Delrin Forming Solutions name, these new products combine acetal's superior chemical resistance and lubricity with thermoforming's manufacturing edge when production volumes don't justify injection molding. Initial applications include housings and trays for use in medical, dental, and biochemical research settings.
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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