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.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
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