Verton MFX-HS Concentrate represents a low-cost approach to achieving the mechanical properties of long-glass-fiber-reinforced (LFR) thermoplastics in molded components. Blending this new LFR polypropylene concentrate with unfilled polypropylene reduces material costs by more than 10% compared to conventional LFR polypropylene grades, the company reports. Blends created with the new concentrate reportedly show no drop in mechanical performance versus compounds with 30% pultruded long glass--and they show improved surface appearance and impact property retention at low temperatures. Applications for the concentrate include hand tools, lawn-and-garden equipment, and automotive instrument panels, structural door modules, and load floors.
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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