DuPont Engineering Polymers and Kolorfusion International Inc. have formed an alliance to promote the benefits of dye sublimation printing on molded plastics. Kolorfusion has developed patented technology for dye sublimation decoration of 3D objects. The technology involves transferring a design into the surface of the part or into a coating on the surface. DuPont, meanwhile, produces several kinds of engineering plastics resins suitable for the process. These resins include PBT and PET thermoplastic polyesters, acetal, as well as nylons. For more information, visit www.kolorfusion.com.
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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