Transforming the Seat

Most know the famous quote from the 1967 film The Graduate, when an older executive tells the college graduate as he looks toward the future: “Plastics.” If I was to encounter a young mobility designer now, 52 years later, the one word of advice I’d give is: “Pods.” As in personal seating pod design for the upcoming massive multi-passenger vehicle mobility future.

Daniel Sturges
Transportation Designer, Entrepreneur and Educator

Plastics and the Environment

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

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

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 #supplier #oem

2020 Ford Explorer: Shhhhhhhh!

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

Plastics Role in Future Car Designs Plastics

DuPont engineering survey highlights some of the latest issues and developments.
#Bayer #Faurecia #Carbon

Want The Basics?

Innovation at Roechling Automotive

Roechling Automotive, an expert in plastics processing, has embarked on a dramatic expansion into far more complex products that involve electronics, mechatronics and more.

3D Printing at Techniplas

Techniplas LLC has been supplying complex plastic components to the auto industry for nearly 100 years.

Video: Injection Molding Bosses, the Good and Bad

In this installment of Design Tips for Plastic Injection Molding, Kevin Crystal talks about how to design bosses for plastic parts.

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.

Polymer Passes the Sniff Test—and Then Some

Remember that “new car” smell?
#supplier #PolyOne

DuPont and ExxonMobil Collaborate for New Material Family

Easier door and window opening result from two industry giants collaborating

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
#asia #facilities #BASF

Eastman Touts Bio-Plastic for Interior Applications

Eastman Chemical Co. says is touting a “green” alternative to traditional petroleum-based plastics for Class-A painted interiors surfaces.
#tech #Carbon

Plastic Omnium Shuffles Management Team

France’s Plastic Omnium SA is reorganizing its management team to bring in younger leaders to help prepare the company for long-term growth.
#ABB #ThyssenKrupp #europe

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.
#supplier #Covestro

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)

SABIC Creates Amazing Class 8 Fairing

If you look at the top of the cab of that Mack Anthem Class 8 truck you’ll note the way it arcs back to the trailer.
#oem #Mack Trucks

How Real Is Additive Manufacturing?

There is a lot of discussion about how 3D printing/rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing is revolutionizing manufacturing, including automotive manufacturing.
#MINI #supplier #engineer