9 Next-Gen Materials from NPE2015

Ann R. Thryft

March 26, 2015

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9 Next-Gen Materials from NPE2015

Trying to keep up with new product announcements at NPE2015 is like drinking from the proverbial firehose. The triennial show is basically the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) version of plastics materials and processing, and in fact is only exceeded in floor space by CES. So we've got lots to share with you this week and next on materials, processes, and even 3D printing.

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Many of the materials we feature in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, as well as some reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications are very wide-ranging, from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages in packaging, transport, and storage.

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Ann R. Thryft is senior technical editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 25 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, machine vision, and all kinds of communications.

About the Author(s)

Ann R. Thryft

Ann R. Thryft has written about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for Design News, EE Times, Test & Measurement World, EDN, RTC Magazine, COTS Journal, Nikkei Electronics Asia, Computer Design, and Electronic Buyers' News (EBN). She's introduced readers to several emerging trends: industrial cybersecurity for operational technology, industrial-strength metals 3D printing, RFID, software-defined radio, early mobile phone architectures, open network server and switch/router architectures, and set-top box system design. At EBN Ann won two independently judged Editorial Excellence awards for Best Technology Feature. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Stanford University and a Certified Business Communicator certificate from the Business Marketing Association (formerly B/PAA).

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