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.
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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