Polytrope(reg) thermoplastic elastomers (TPOs) are typically blends of polypropylene, EPDM rubber, fillers, and additives yielding a wide range of properties. Most notable for their low specific gravity and low-cost raw materials supply base, thermoplastic elastomers provide a cost/performance ratio for automotive applications. TPOs can be compounded to possess a comprehensive range of physical properties from soft and rubber-like to hard and rigid.
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The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
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