DSM Engineering Plastics'
Akulon Fuel Lock, a mono-polyamide 6 compound,
reduces evaporative emissions from the fuel tanks of non-road, outdoor equipment and vehicles with small, spark-ignition
engines. Akulon Fuel Lock supports sustainable practices by avoiding
fluorination, a traditional barrier technology for high-density polyethylene
(HDPE) that can pose environmental risks.
The Akulon material for injection and blow molding
applications provides resistance to permeation from the container, without the
need for additives or post-molding treatments. Translucence allows consumers to
visually determine the fuel level in the tank.
Akulon Fuel Lock solutions' low permeation rates and high
impact resistance down to -40C, provides the ability
to design thinner-wall fuel tanks that reduce weight and material and to
utilize standard injection molding and blow molding tools and machines
currently used for HDPE.
HP revealed more of its 3D printing plans in a recent webinar. Senior vice president of inkjet and graphics solution business Stephen Nigro spoke about how the technology works and expanded on HP's vision of open collaboration to commercialize its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for end-production, and open collaboration on new materials. He also said HP will create software to help users decide when to use Multi Jet Fusion versus conventional subtractive manufacturing.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.