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.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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