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
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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