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A new, unique class of polymers that behave as crosslinked-like thermosets but process like thermoplastics has been under development at ATSP Innovations, Champaign, Ill. The company is now actively seeking partners, collaborators and customers to bring these unique “next-generation wear solutions” technology to the industrial markets.

Founded in 2010, ATSP has laboratory and offices located in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Research Park. Its main goal has been the development, production and commercialization of a new family of resins that heralds a major advance for the field of polymers. Namely, combining the advantages of a high-temperature thermoset with the processing of a thermoplastic. ATSP’s polymers reportedly offer high thermal stability, wear resistance, and solid-state state bonding.

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Technical and Financial Advantages of Aluminum Tooling Vs. Steel Tooling

There are sound technical and economic reasons why aluminum tooling is a great choice for numerous automotive applications. However, if that’s the case, why hasn’t aluminum tooling seen more widespread usage in recent years? It’s a mature technology that has been in use for high volume applications for years but remains unutilized with many processors.

Yet, for those OEMs who’ve studied it, the processors who’ve adapted their operations to realize the 30 to 50% cycle time advantages that result from an aluminum tool and the mold builders who know how to design and build high quality aluminum tools, it’s all good business.

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5 Additive Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2020

 

We saw lots of new 3D printing end-use applications in 2019. So what should we expect for the industry in 2020? Several 3D printing suppliers looked into their crystal balls to give predictions for next year. From there, I narrowed it down to five trends to watch for:

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Most Popular Articles of 2019

These stories generated the most traffic at Plastics Technology’s website in 2019, reflecting the diversity of interests of our readers and the consistent search for market and process knowledge. From keeping tabs on the movement of resin prices and prepping for plastics biggest show to understanding decompression and the effect barrel temperatures have on melt temperature in extrusion, a wide range of articles piqued the interest of PT’s site visitors over the last year.

 

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2019 was a K year and not surprisingly video reports about the big triennial show in Düsseldorf, Germany captured people’s attention before and during the event. Videos from Chinaplas, Molding 2019 and Nissei’s Technology Days also garnered views. If you haven’t already, subscribe to PT’s YouTube channel to receive notification when new videos come out.

 

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