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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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Jan 1, 2008 | Article

Optimized Plastic to Metal Multi-Material Processes

Parts made with BASF's plastic-to-metal fastening technology termed 'collar joining,' a mechanical method of joining plastic and metal components is said to have strength comparable to overmolded...

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Dec 3, 2007 | Article

New Metal/Plastics Hybrid the Best of Both Worlds?

Recently, DuPont announced the birth of a new sort of 'plastic' named MetaFuse™. They aim to use a nanometal/polymer hybrid technology that will apply ultra high strength nanometals to components...

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Nov 1, 2007 | Article

Boeing versus Airbus Competing Metal to Composite Focus

Competition between rivals Airbus and Boeing is intensely focused these days on the A350 and 787 Dreamliner. Both companies are using advanced materials as sales tools in their marketing of these...

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Nov 1, 2007 | Article

Underground Railway Device Saves Weight, Cost and Improves Safety

When you are working on electrified underground rail lines, it pays to know whether the current is on or off. Tube Lines, a UK company responsible for the upgrading of the Jubilee, Northern and...

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Oct 1, 2007 | Article

Creativity and Innovation to the Fore in Award Winning Golf Trolley

The GoKart powered golf trolley is a classic metal replacement story and by employing design consultants Greaves Best Design, the company has triumphed by winning this year's Plastics Industry Award...

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Sep 25, 2007 | Article

Composite wind turbine blade for low-wind countries

A collaborative research project between the American firms Sandia National Laboratories and the Wind Blade Division of Knight & Caever (K&C) has allowed to design an innovative wind turbine blade...

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Sep 21, 2007 | Article

Composite window frames for commercial aircraft

As part of development of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has joined forces to Nordam Group Inc and the materials producer Hexcel Corp. in order to develop...

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Sep 1, 2007 | Article

Structurally Sound Plastic/Metal Hybrid Molding Emerging

Plastic/metal hybrid technology, earlier developed by Bayer AG, now Lanxess as a weight and cost savings process for the automotive industry, encapsulates thin sheet metal stampings in a...

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Aug 14, 2007 | Article

A thermoset air box made using a RTM process

A collaborative research project between the Italian ATR Group and the American materials producer Hunstmann Advanced Materials has allowed to develop an advanced resin transfer molding system that...

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Feb 2, 2004 | Article

Automotive industry likes polymers I – Economic and Technical outline

Worldwide, it is roughly estimated that: * More than 500 million passenger cars are in use * 50 million new cars are produced each year * 70 million tonnes of materials are...

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