Plastics and Composites http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8239/more en 5 Ways to Keep Your Machine Shop Competitive in the Digital Age http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/5-ways-keep-your-machine-shop-competitive-digital-age <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Markforged </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In many ways, the manufacturing world has gone digital, with computers controlling everything from</div> <p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/5-ways-keep-your-machine-shop-competitive-digital-age" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/3d-printing/5-ways-keep-your-machine-shop-competitive-digital-age#comments 3D Printing White Papers Plastics and Composites Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:37:00 +0000 68651 at http://machinedesign.com 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, 07 Oct 2016 22:31:00 +0000 59971 at http://machinedesign.com High Performance Plastic Materials Guide http://machinedesign.com/plastics-and-composites/high-performance-plastic-materials-guide <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Craftech </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With so many plastic materials on the market, how can you chose the best grade for your application? 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