Alcryn Melt-Processible Rubber, a thermoplastic elastomer, has become more colorful of late. The supplier, Advanced Polymer Alloys, has rolled out translucent and water-clear Alcryn grades that work well with color concentrates. These see-through base materials have been used to impart special effects—pearlescent, metallic, and thermochromic looks—to elastomer overmoldings. For more info, visit www.APAinfo.com.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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