High-performance engineering thermoplastics like ULTEM 9085 are giving engineers more options in using additive manufacturing for creating finished, end-use production parts, not just prototypes. ULTEM 9085 was used to 3D-print this M3500 instrument, which is a turn and bank indicator that tells the pilot the rate of aircraft turn.
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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