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
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
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