Plastics and Composites http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8239/more en From Tomato to Tom-AUTO: Ford and Heinz Team Up http://machinedesign.com/automotive/tomato-tom-auto-ford-and-heinz-team <div class="node-body article-body">Ford Motor Co. has been working for two years with several companies, including the <strong>H.J. Heinz Co.</strong>, on developing a 100% plant-based plastic that could be used to make automotive parts and fabrics and replace petroleum-based materials.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/automotive/tomato-tom-auto-ford-and-heinz-team" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/automotive/tomato-tom-auto-ford-and-heinz-team#comments Automotive Plastics and Composites News Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 38701 at http://machinedesign.com 2014-2015 Calendar of materials events http://machinedesign.com/blog/2014-2015-calendar-materials-events <div class="node-body blog-body">It all starts with materials. Here's a list of tradeshows featuring advanced or new materials.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/material-world">Material World</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/blog/2014-2015-calendar-materials-events" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/blog/2014-2015-calendar-materials-events#comments composites exhibits expo papers plastics speakers tradeshow Materials Metals Plastics and Composites Community Material World Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:36:00 +0000 36181 at http://machinedesign.com <p>It all starts with materials. Here&#39;s a list of tradeshows featuring advanced or new materials.</p> Self-lubricating polymers bolster machine output http://machinedesign.com/plastics-and-composites/self-lubricating-polymers-bolster-machine-output <div class="field-deck"> A redesign eliminates lubrication problems and increases the speed and durability of can-making machines. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A switch from metal components to self-lubricating polymers eliminated lubrication headaches and increased the speed and durability of can-making machines.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/plastics-and-composites/self-lubricating-polymers-bolster-machine-output" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/plastics-and-composites/self-lubricating-polymers-bolster-machine-output#comments Bearings Materials Mechanical Drives Plastics and Composites Wed, 22 May 2013 16:32:00 +0000 26401 at http://machinedesign.com Redesigning with thermoplastic elastomers http://machinedesign.com/news/redesigning-thermoplastic-elastomers <div class="field-byline"> Lindsey Frick </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Engineers redesign products with thermoplastic elastomers to ease problems associated with the growing aging population.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/news/redesigning-thermoplastic-elastomers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/news/redesigning-thermoplastic-elastomers#comments Materials Plastics and Composites News Wed, 10 Apr 2013 04:03:00 +0000 24542 at http://machinedesign.com Plastic-film sensor may double as energy harvesting device http://machinedesign.com/news/plastic-film-sensor-may-double-energy-harvesting-device <div class="field-byline"> Leland E. Teschler </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A special silicone-based material normally used to sense movement could double as an energy harvesting device in situations characterized by relatively large strain and relatively low forces.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/news/plastic-film-sensor-may-double-energy-harvesting-device" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/news/plastic-film-sensor-may-double-energy-harvesting-device#comments Alternative Energy Sources Electronics & Semiconductors News Silicone Sustainable Engineering Energy Controllers Plastics and Composites News Fri, 22 Mar 2013 07:58:08 +0000 24529 at http://machinedesign.com New bag design creates hype to keep fruit ripe http://machinedesign.com/news/new-bag-design-creates-hype-keep-fruit-ripe <div class="field-byline"> Lindsey Frick </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Dole Food Company Inc., West Lake Village, Calif., has introduced a new option for consumers at shopping markets. Bags. These seemingly magical poly bags are said to keep bananas fresh up to 6 days longer.  </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/news/new-bag-design-creates-hype-keep-fruit-ripe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/news/new-bag-design-creates-hype-keep-fruit-ripe#comments Materials News Packaging Equipment Plastics & Polymers Packaging Materials Plastics and Composites News Sat, 25 Aug 2012 02:02:35 +0000 11816 at http://machinedesign.com A lighter alternative to plywood http://machinedesign.com/plastics-and-composites/lighter-alternative-plywood <div class="field-byline"> Lindsey Frick </div> <div class="field-deck"> A new building material or the perfect material for a surfboard?  </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A new building material or the perfect material for a surfboard? Cowabunga dude. This material comes in 4x8-ft. sheets and is said to be a lightweight, rot-resistant alternative to plywood with no risk of warping.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/plastics-and-composites/lighter-alternative-plywood" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/plastics-and-composites/lighter-alternative-plywood#comments Plastics and Composites Tue, 03 Jul 2012 23:58:00 +0000 11732 at http://machinedesign.com Low-density silicone cuts weight in aircraft nacelle http://machinedesign.com/news/low-density-silicone-cuts-weight-aircraft-nacelle <div class="field-byline"> Lindsey Frick </div> <div class="field-deck"> Silicones aren’t made to run, but they are made to fly. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">No material is left behind in the race to reduce weight in aircraft design, not even sealants.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/news/low-density-silicone-cuts-weight-aircraft-nacelle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/news/low-density-silicone-cuts-weight-aircraft-nacelle#comments Adhesives Hydraulics Materials Plastics and Composites News Tue, 03 Jul 2012 18:25:00 +0000 11730 at http://machinedesign.com Material helps build a lightweight train http://machinedesign.com/news/material-helps-build-lightweight-train <div class="node-body article-body">A new <span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-size: 12pt">polyurethane-based sandwich material allows the building of more lightweight trains. </span></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/news/material-helps-build-lightweight-train" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/news/material-helps-build-lightweight-train#comments Materials News Plastics & Polymers Materials Plastics and Composites News Wed, 04 Apr 2012 02:29:01 +0000 11620 at http://machinedesign.com Recycling thermoforms gets a C+ http://machinedesign.com/news/recycling-thermoforms-gets-c <div class="field-byline"> Leslie Gordon </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Why do thermoformed packaging such as blister packs typically end up in landfills, even though many of them are made of PC PET?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/news/recycling-thermoforms-gets-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/news/recycling-thermoforms-gets-c#comments Materials News Plastics & Polymers Materials Plastics and Composites News Fri, 20 Jan 2012 02:49:51 +0000 11543 at http://machinedesign.com