Plastics and Composites http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8239/more en Guidelines for Reliable Operation of Electric Heating Elements within Superplastic Forming (SPF) Presses http://machinedesign.com/materials/guidelines-reliable-operation-electric-heating-elements-within-superplastic-forming-spf-pr <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Watlow </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The superplastic forming (SPF) of standard titanium alpha-beta alloys, such as 6Al-4V, requires...</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/materials/guidelines-reliable-operation-electric-heating-elements-within-superplastic-forming-spf-pr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/guidelines-reliable-operation-electric-heating-elements-within-superplastic-forming-spf-pr#comments White Papers Materials Plastics and Composites Fri, 15 Apr 2016 22:31:00 +0000 59971 at http://machinedesign.com Ultrasion Marries Micro Molding with Ultrasonics http://machinedesign.com/plastics-and-composites/ultrasion-marries-micro-molding-ultrasonics <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ultrasion SL is a manufacturer of micro molding technology based on the use of ultrasonics. Since its launch four years ago, the technology has been adopted by more than 70 OEMs for commercial use in the United States and Europe. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/plastics-and-composites/ultrasion-marries-micro-molding-ultrasonics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/plastics-and-composites/ultrasion-marries-micro-molding-ultrasonics#comments Plastics and Composites News Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:08:00 +0000 57411 at http://machinedesign.com Gears Look to the Future for Material http://machinedesign.com/engineering-essentials/gears-look-future-material <div class="field-deck"> Recent advancements in material engineering have provided alternatives for gear materials. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Recent advancements in material engineering have provided alternatives for gear materials. </div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/engineering-essentials/gears-look-future-material" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/engineering-essentials/gears-look-future-material#comments Engineering Essentials Materials Metals Plastics and Composites Tue, 08 Dec 2015 15:58:00 +0000 54031 at http://machinedesign.com Mineral Fillers Improve Plastics http://machinedesign.com/materials/mineral-fillers-improve-plastics <div class="field-deck"> Engineers can add minerals such as mica, clay, or calcium carbonate to plastics to tailor their conductivity, shrinkage, and mold times. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Some plastic resins get blended with fillers to reduce costs. 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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> <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. 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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> <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> <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> <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