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.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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