In consumer product, automotive and industrial applications, thermoplastic elastomers often have to work as part of a materials system that includes a rigid substrate made from engineering plastics. And when TPEs can readily bond to that substrate, all sorts of benefits follow. Among these are manufacturing efficiency and cost reduction since bondable TPEs can often be overmolded onto their substrates in a single manufacturing step — doing away with adhesives, surface treatments and manual assembly steps. And as bondable TPEs become compatible with more varieties of thermoplastics, it gives engineers the ability to work with new materials combinations that better meet performance goals. So important is bonding that most TPE suppliers continually work on bondable grades. They've been able to dramatically increase the ability of these materials to bond to rigid engineering thermoplastics — including nylon.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
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.
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