PLASTICS

HP Launches Industrial Grade 3D Printer

To get a sense of just how serious HP (www8.hp.com/us/en/printers/3d-printers.html) is about actually doing high-volume manufacturing with its new Jet Fusion 5200 3D printing system, know that when introducing the unit, which literally uses what can be considered print heads that provide a building speed on a machine of up to 309 in3/hr, Ramon Pastor, general manager and global head of Plastics Solutions at HP 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing, talks about having a machine that has “industrial level overall equipment effectiveness,” the sort of thing that one might hear regarding a machining center, and points out that because HP is a mass manufacturer it understands such things as the process capability index (Cpk), so the company has devised process control software for the 5200 Series that includes a machine-learning algorithm, which means that the printer will get closer and closer to its target value. “We are delivering a Cpk of 1.3,” Pastor says, adding, “We ask our vendors for 1.3.” There are three machines in the series, the 5200, 5210 and 5210 Pro, which is a capability walk toward more functionality and capability. “We are building a new market, a digital manufacturing market,” Pastor says, so to that end they are assiduously working with other companies, be they users (e.g., Jaguar Land Rover, whose Ben Wilson, additive manufacturing manager, said, “Our work with HP to advance our knowledge and in-house capability in 3D printing has been an important step toward production of quality parts to support current and aftermarket customers.


A Faster Way to Prototype Parts for Automotive

When replacing steel parts with magnesium, plastics or other lightweight materials, it’s critical to get functional prototypes into test quickly. Here are top options that lend themselves to quick-turn, fully functional prototypes.
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12-station Rotary Transfer Machine; Drills Optimized for Aluminum; High-precision Abrasive Waterjet

Twelve-station Rotary Transfer Machine; Drills Optimized for Aluminum; High-precision Abrasive Waterjet

Aerogels: Moving from Outer to Inner Space

A new generation of cross-linked polymer aerogels could revolutionize interiors.
#Carbon #Ford

Automotive Lightweighting: The Case for Plastics

Understanding and choosing from all the different material options is one of the biggest challenges with automotive lightweighting. That’s why it’s important to consider alternatives to metals like magnesium and aluminum in favor of plastic components. (Sponsored Content)

Plastics Role in Future Car Designs Design

DuPont engineering survey highlights some of the latest issues and developments.
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Plastics and the Environment

A materials processor acknowledges it is important to contribute to the circular economy.
#HP #sustainability #KraussMaffei

Advanced Polymers in Automotive Applications

The key to using new thermoplastics to demanding automotive applications is backing up the material with performance metrics, says Jud Gibson at DSM Engineering Plastics Inc. in Troy, Mich.
#tech #DSM

Freudenberg Touts Integrated Bearing Seal

Design promises weight, cost and friction benefits
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Bimmer EVs Add Flair with Aerodynamic Wheels

Lightweight, customizable design can boost driving range by 2%
#europe #tech #BMW

DuPont and ExxonMobil Collaborate for New Material Family

Easier door and window opening result from two industry giants collaborating
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BASF Building $10 Billion China Complex

Chemical giant BASF SE is building a $10 billion manufacturing complex in Zhanjiang, China, to make advanced plastics for the auto and electronics.industries.
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HP Launches Industrial Grade 3D Printer

“Siemens and HP are thinking ahead to the future and are bringing together the best from both companies in a complete, industry-specific solution that will accelerate the adoption of industrial additive manufacturing and help our customers to increase flexibility, efficiency, and speed of digital manufacturing.”
#Jaguar Land Rover #HP #Jaguar

2020 Ford Explorer: Shhhhhhhh!

One of the objectives of the development team for the forthcoming 2020 Ford Explorer is to provide a quiet cabin.
#oem #Ford #engineer

Polymer Passes the Sniff Test—and Then Some

Remember that “new car” smell?
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TPE Checks the Boxes

Plastics supplier KRAIBURG has developed a thermoplastic elastomer lineup—the VS/AD/HM series within the THERMOLAST K suite—that checks the boxes of scratch and abrasion resistance, chemical compatibility and UV stability. 

Printing a Shock

Although this shock absorber is just a demonstration device, its fabrication is rather clever as the materials company that made it, Covestro, used three different materials and three different 3D fabrication processes to make it: First, there’s the outer spring of the 40 x 7-cm part.
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