Need nylon parts fast? Try vacuum casting them using a new rapid prototyping process developed by MCP Systems and offered in North America by Vantico A&T US Inc. (www.vantico.com). Thanks to a new nylon program module, MCP's vacuum casting machines can produce complex nylon parts with walls as thin 0.02 inch—and do so in as little as six minutes. MCP also introduced new nylon 6 formulations for the new process. Properties include flexural modulii from 108,750 to 137,750 psi, tensile strengths from 4,640 to 6,090 psi, and heat deflection temperatures from 169 to 269F (at 66 psi).
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.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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