Advanced Elastomer Systems and Trexel, Inc. have announced an exclusive license agreement to develop dynamic sponge-foam automotive weatherseal systems. Advanced Elastomer will develop Santoprene™ thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) products that take full advantage of Trexel's MuCell® supercritical nitrogen microcellular foam process. Trexel will specify a full extrusion process optimized for Santoprene TPV and will make available standard equipment packages. For more info, visit www.santoprene.com and www.trexel.com.
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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