Teknor Apex Company's thermoplastic elastomer is specially
formulated for bumper extensions or "spoiler lips," which are injection molded
components that automotive manufacturers increasingly deploy to improve fuel
economy. Installed underneath bumpers or along both sides, the extensions not
only help lower the drag coefficient of the car and reduce wind noise during
travel but also protect the bumpers from damage encountered when the car is
parked near high pedestrian walkways or parking lot curbs. Sarlink K-156
elastomer provides the balance of stiffness and elasticity required to
withstand the punishment of scraping against these structures. The high
resistance exhibited by Sarlink K-156 upon prolonged exposure to water spray,
road salt, UV and temperatures is as low as -40C.
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.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
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