PLASTICS industries, EXTRUSION process, POLYCARBONATES, and MOLDING of plastics
This article presents news briefs related to the plastic industry in the U.S. Stratasys Inc. has introduced a polycarbonate/ABS blend for its rapid prototyping systems. The Minneapolis-based company said manufacturers now have the ability to use the same material in prototype programs that they use for many of their commercial products. Davis-Standard Corp. has streamlined the process for ordering and installing its turnkey fence extrusion systems, including help with materials suppliers, on-site training, mechanical and startup service and aftermarket support. A. Routsis Associates Inc. has released its new injection molding hydraulics training series. The CSC-CP piston-type screen changer from Maag Pump Systems Textron Inc. has an adjustable throttle valve that maintains a constant pressure during extrusion.
Reports on the importance of 3D printers in bringing rapid prototyping capabilities in-house for many plastic manufacturers. Information on "Wohlers Report 2004" released by rapid prototyping guru Terry Wohlers; Price range of 3D printers from Stratasys and Z Corp.; Key advantage of Stratasys' Dimension 3D printer.