Plastics and Composites en 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Plastics and Composites Thu, 01 Oct 2015 18:16:00 +0000 52511 at <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) <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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Products Cables, Connectors, Enclosures Controllers Motors/Drives Plastics and Composites Pneumatics Gallery Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:29:00 +0000 47711 at From Tomato to Tom-AUTO: Ford and Heinz Team Up <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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Automotive Plastics and Composites News Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:00:00 +0000 38701 at 2014-2015 Calendar of 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 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 <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 <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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bearings Materials Mechanical Drives Plastics and Composites Wed, 22 May 2013 16:32:00 +0000 26401 at Redesigning with 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials Plastics and Composites News Wed, 10 Apr 2013 04:03:00 +0000 24542 at Plastic-film sensor may double as 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 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 New bag design creates hype to 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Materials News Packaging Equipment Plastics & Polymers Packaging Materials Plastics and Composites News Sat, 25 Aug 2012 02:02:35 +0000 11816 at A lighter alternative to 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Plastics and Composites Tue, 03 Jul 2012 23:58:00 +0000 11732 at Low-density silicone cuts weight in 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Adhesives Hydraulics Materials Plastics and Composites News Tue, 03 Jul 2012 18:25:00 +0000 11730 at