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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 18, 2020 | Industry News

New Thermoset Polymer-based Camshaft Module Lowers Automotive Engine Weight

A research team from the Fraunhofer Institute (ICT) has succeeded in manufacturing a camshaft module from fiber-reinforced thermoset polymers. This lightweight design element helps lower engine...

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Apr 20, 2020 | Industry News

LANXESS’ PA6 Improves Barrier-effect of BMW’s Motorcycle Tanks

LANXESS’ Durethan BC550Z 900116 DUSXBL is used in the motorcycle tanks of BMW Motorrad’s models F 900 R and F 900 XR. The unreinforced and impact-modified polyamide 6 comfortably meets the stringent...

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Apr 13, 2020 | Industry News

LANXESS Co-develops Thermoplastic Composite-based Brake Pedal for EVs

In close cooperation with the LANXESS HPM, BOGE Elastmetall has developed an all-plastic brake pedal. It owes its high mechanical strength and very low weight to a thermoplastic composite design...

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Apr 1, 2020 | Industry News

New Metal-alternative 3D Printed Flexible & Conductive Brain Implants

MIT engineers are developing 3D printed soft, flexible neural implants that can gently conform to the brain’s contours and monitor activity over longer periods, without aggravating surrounding...

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Mar 17, 2020 | Industry News

Kuraray to Exhibit Steel-alternative Multifilament Yarn, PA Fiber and more at JEC World

Kuraray will be exhibiting its PA9T heat-resistant polyamide fiber for automotive components, Vectran™ multifilament yarn that is five times stronger than steel for feather-light structures and...

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Mar 17, 2020 | Product News

IDI Launches Metal-replacement Thermoset Composite for EV Battery Pack

IDI Composites International has introduced a new thermoset composite material delivering critical performance benefits for the "new energy vehicles" market. Deployed in electric vehicle (EV) new...

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Mar 16, 2020 | Industry News

Erickson’s Composite-based Main Rotor Blades Receive FAA Approval

Erickson Incorporated has announced FAA approval of its next-generation composite main rotor blades. After many years of manufacturing metal blades, Erickson has invested in the future of the S-64...

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Mar 9, 2020 | Industry News

BASF's New Glass Fiber-reinforced Plastic Spin-on Oil Filter Module for Cars

BASF and Hengst have developed the world’s first reusable plastic spin-on oil filter module for cars. Blue.on is the sustainable alternative to conventional spin-on modules made from metal, since it...

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Mar 9, 2020 | Industry News

NCC & UKAEA to Develop Composite-based Demonstrator for Nuclear Fusion Reactor

The UK’s National Composites Centre (NCC) is working with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) to explore the role that non-metallic, composite technology can play in making the vision of...

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Mar 5, 2020 | Product News

Solvay to Present Aluminum-alternative Prepregs and more at JEC World 2020

Solvay will launch and promote materials and processes developed for industrialized processes at JEC World. The product offerings include prepreg technology, which is an alternative to machined...

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