A material range by Ensinger

High performance plastics filaments for 3D printing

Materials - Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The German group Ensinger - with headquarters in Italy since 1991 - has always been focusing on a diversified product offering that includes materials, technologies, production methods and application, in response to the multiple market needs. At Mecspe fair 2017, in Parma, the company presented a new research field: the rapid filament prototyping...

Climate change

A greenhouse for extreme conditions

Materials - Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Experts at the United Nations estimate that food production will need to be increased by 70% by the second half of the century. But how? “Indoor farming” is one solution. According to this concept, food is planted where it is needed - for example in the city centre, or on King George Island in the middle of Antarctica...

Accidental discovery of an Italian biologist

The caterpillar that digests polyethylene

Materials - Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Galleria Mellonella probably says little to most people; larva of the greater wax moth can perhaps give a hint of what it is; caterpillar is understandable to all. This caterpillar, however has a very special ability, accidentally discovered by an Italian biologist: it digests polyethylene. After having placed some...

Thanks to Basf’s melamine foam…

Total silence at the Guggenheim Museum

Materials - Wednesday, 12 April 2017

In New York City - ranked among the top 10 loudest cities in the world - noise is a constant. The din in restaurants soars over 90 decibels, and subways rushing across the city register more than 80 decibels. Since end of March and running through August 2, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum offers a serene and silent escape...

Upgrade moulded surfaces with Smartbatch Fabric FX

Textile look in one step

Materials - Wednesday, 5 April 2017

At the VDI Plastics in Automotive Engineering congress (Mannheim, March 29-30, 2017), PolyOne introduced Smartbatch Fabric FX colour and additive concentrate. This masterbatch helps manufacturers to efficiently injection mould attractive parts that appear to be covered with textile. In addition, “fabric graining” and colour can be tailored to...

“Metal replacement” by the additive production

PA and carbon fibre based resin for light and strong components

Materials - Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, Stratasys announced the new advanced material FDM Nylon 12CF, a carbon fibre-filled thermoplastic strong enough to replace metal components in a range of applications. The first high-performance composite material to replace a range of metal applications available for Stratasys FDM technology

RadiciGroup for the extrusion field

Long-chain polyamides to obtain performance and flexibility

Materials - Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The new special polyamides for the extrusion market are the next frontier for RadiciGroup Performance Plastics. Today the Radilon product range, as well as technopolymers that offer improved resistance to high temperatures (Radilon A HHR and Radilon XTreme) and reinforced materials for metal replacement (Radilon A RW and Radilon S URV high fluidity), includes...

Toray Industries invests in the Italian subsidiary

300 million euros in five years to increase the production of Alcantara

Materials - Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Toray Industries on March 17 announced its policy decision to enhance the production capacity of Alcantara, a luxury made-in-Italy material manufactured and sold by its subsidiary Alcantara. The company plans to invest approximately 300 million euros in a phased manner over the next five years in response to the trend in demand to...

Reinforced materials for metal replacement

Hybrid thermoplatic composites with fibreglass and carbon fibre

Materials - Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Specialised in the development and production of thermoplastic composites, Xenia has recently introduced a new family of materials reinforced with hybrid fillers composed of carbon and glass fibres mixtures. Fibreglass, since decades universally known as reinforcement due to its mechanical properties and carbon fibre, that...

Solvay at JEC World 2017

Fast-curing thermoset resin system for high volume automotive applications

Materials - Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Solvay announces at JEC World 2017 (March 14-16) the launch of its innovative thermoset prepreg resin system SolvaLite 730 specifically developed for high volume automotive applications. This next-generation material, formulated with Reichhold Advalite resins, offers an...

Basf to invest 200 million euros

World-scale plant for plastic additives in Shanghai

Materials - Wednesday, 15 March 2017

As announced in November 2016, Basf is investing more than 200 million euros globally to increase its production network for plastic additives. An important step is an investment to build a new plastic additives plant at its Caojing site in Shanghai, China. This world-scale plant, with an annual capacity of 42,000 tons, will produce antioxidants and...

Metal replacement

Switching to conductive polymer triples lifetime of LED pool lighting

Materials - Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Akboru Elektrik, a leading supplier of lighting systems for pools, hot tubs and gardens, selected Therma-Tech thermally conductive polymers from PolyOne to replace aluminum for heat sinks in LED swimming pool lighting. Collaborating with PolyOne enabled Akboru Elektrik to make a transition from metal to polymer that increased the expected...