Chevron Phillips Chemical has introduced a new polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) for applications needing an extra measure of mechanical strength, toughness and weld line integrity. Ryton® R-4-260 PPS, a 40 percent glass-filled grade, exhibits 50 percent less micro-flash than current high-elongation PPS compounds. It has a tensile strength above 25,000 psi and a flexural strength of 34,000 psi. Applications include desktop and laptop hard disk drive connectors, and other electronic hard drive connectors used in the consumer electronics digital video recorder (DVR) and gaming markets. For more information, visit www.rytonpps.com.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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