Can a hard ester and a high-rebound thermoplastic reside in the same family? They can when they are part of the new Estane(reg) thermoplastic polyurethane product portfolio from BF Goodrich Speciality Plastics. The Hard Ester line includes extrudable materials that provide chemical resistance and a high-heat profile for dynamic, high-abuse applications, such as hose and tubing. The portfolio, which covers a range of hardnesses, is said to be more cost-effective than nylon. The High-Rebound TPUs offer "the first products in an innovative portfolio" for a variety of applications and industries. The materials exhibit improved tensile strength, strong tear and abrasion resistance, consistent properties, lot-to-lot scrap reprocessing, and recyclability of finished parts. BF Goodrich Specialty Chemicals: Product Code 4374
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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