The Estane Thermoplastic Polyurethane Div. of BFGoodrich Performance Materials has introduced a product portfolio that provides "excellent high resiliency and high-rebound characteristics comparable to natural rubber across several applications." It contains Estane(reg) thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) products designed to replace traditional thermoset rubber materials, while delivering the advantage of rubber and thermoplastics. The material is available in injection-molding and extrusion grades for such uses as gaskets and seals, medical devices, sporting goods, tubing, and wire and cable jacketing. The products exhibit improved tensile strength, strong tear and abrasion resistance, paintability, low specific gravity, increased Vicat, andare recyclable. BFGoodrich Specialty Plastics (M), 9911 Brecksville Road, Cleveland, OH 44141, FAX (216) 447-6211.
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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