Plastics and Composites http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8239/more en 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> <div class="og_rss_groups"></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. Properly used mineral fillers can also improve moldability and stability, increase heat-deflection temperature, reduce thermal expansion, and change other performance characteristics as well. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/materials/mineral-fillers-improve-plastics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/materials/mineral-fillers-improve-plastics#comments Materials Plastics and Composites Thu, 01 Oct 2015 18:16:00 +0000 52511 at http://machinedesign.com <p>Plastics that must hold their shape and dimensions rely often rely on fillers to reduce mold shrinkage and maintain dimensional stability.</p> Machine Design’s Products of the Week (3/30-4/6) http://machinedesign.com/products/machine-design-s-products-week-330-46 <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>This&nbsp;gallery features products from&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12.8000001907349px; line-height: 20px;">surface-mount terminal blocks to&nbsp;auto-darkening welding helmet.&nbsp;</span>We&#39;ve rounded up some of the latest products to help optimize your applications, devices, and systems.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/products/machine-design-s-products-week-330-46" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/products/machine-design-s-products-week-330-46#comments Products Cables, Connectors, Enclosures Controllers Motors/Drives Plastics and Composites Pneumatics Gallery Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:29:00 +0000 47711 at http://machinedesign.com 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