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Metal Replacement

Plastics have over-taken metals in many different industries with the superior quality and ease of processing. Metals are being replaced frequently for weight reduction and inducing desired properties.

Durable plastics consume less energy during the production process and are cost-effective as well as tunable. Automotive and aircraft industries are innovating with plastics to replace heavy metals.

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May 19, 2010 | Article

Significant Weight Reduction for Minimal Cost Increase

With only 3% increase in component cost, Lotus Engineering has helped reduce the vehicle mass of Toyota Venza crossover utility vehicle (CUV) by 33%, and fuel consumption by 23%. To achieve this...

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May 17, 2010 | Article

Polyamide Air Box Gives A Competitive Edge To Superbikes

Germany-based MHALE has developed an air box for S1000 RR – a BMW Motorrad’s first venture into modern superbikes territory. The air box used in S1000 RR is molded from dimensionally stable...

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May 11, 2010 | Article

Metals Will Never Do the Job at Such Low Weights!

Metals, because of their densities and high melting points, consume a lot of energy for the fabrication and the use of parts and goods. Generally, the heavier the parts are, the more energy they...

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Feb 15, 2010 | Article

Plastics Advance Fuel Cell Technology Solutions

Fuel cells, despite being in the nascent stage of development, are viewed as a potentially vast market for plastics with reinforced thermosets and thermoplastics the most likely materials of choice...

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Dec 16, 2009 | Article

New laundry clips made from polycarbonate

The Austrian firm Lechner has designed an innovative range of polycarbonate-based laundry clips in order to replace conventional metallic ones. These new one-piece laundry clips are made by...

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Sep 14, 2009 | Article

Composites Key to New Bridge Structures

Recent high-profile bridge collapses have brought attention to the need for a major infrastructure overhaul in many countries, but the global economic downturn means far less money is available even...

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Sep 1, 2009 | Article

Insight on Metal Replacement Opportunities and Drivers

This report summarizes the main findings from a SpecialChem on-line survey conducted Q1 2009 on future opportunities for thermoplastics as alternatives to metals. SpecialChem captured the opinion of...

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May 11, 2009 | Article

First Hybrid Nylon/Aluminum Modular Oil Pan Replaces All-Aluminum System on Diesel Sedan

A new hybrid plastic/metal modular oil pan produced by Bruss has replaced an all-diecast-aluminum system on Diesel Sedan. The two main components of this system include: an upper diecast aluminum...

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Feb 24, 2009 | Article

Advanced Polyphthalamide (PPA) Metal Replacement Trends

Thermoplastic, polyphthalamide (PPA) is a high performance polyamide (nylon). Polyamides, which encompass a wide variety of products, are polymers having an amide linkage in the polymer backbone...

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Feb 17, 2009 | Article

Diversifying into Specialty MIM Fabrication

Metal Injection Molding (MIM) is an established manufacturing technique for producing small, complex, tight-tolerance, high-performance, net-shape metal parts. MIM is a cost-effective alternative to...

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