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13 High Performance Plastics Used in the Automotive Industry

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High performance plastics are playing an important role in the automotive industry these days.  The light weight of plastics makes for more fuel efficient vehicles.  It is estimated that every 10% reduction in vehicle weight results in a 5% to 7% reduction in fuel usage.  Current economic and environmental concerns make the creation of more fuel efficient cars a top priority in the automotive industry.  Some other advantages of high performance plastics used in transport vehicles include:

Craftech's Plastic Fasteners Used in Products for the Blind

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A long time Craftech customer, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, KY has been making products for blind students since 1858.  The company started with a single printing press that produced tactile books.  In 1879, the federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind designated APH as the official source of educational texts and aids for legally blind students throughout the United States-a mandate which continues to the present.

10 American Inventions that Revolutionized Manufacturing

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With July 4th just around the corner, I decided to do a list of American inventions that had a strong impact on manufacturing.  Happy 238th Birthday, USA!

What is CNC machining?

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Today, it seems like every machine that once operated without the benefit of CNC machining has now been retrofitted with servo motors and some kind of programmable controller or computer.  So how did parts get made before CNC (computer numerically controlled) machinery arrived on site? 


Metric Fasteners and the DIN Standard: An Introduction

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Most metric fasteners are made to the DIN standard-but what does DIN stand for?

Top 3 Industrial Applications for Elastomers


With their key properties of elasticity and resilience, elastomers are some of the most dynamic materials available in the marketplace today.  Their ability to deform and recover under stress enables them to serve in a number of important capacities.


Why We Love Polymer Nanocomposites (And You Should, Too!)

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Polymer nanocomposites are one of the hottest topics in plastic technology today. Nanocomposites are materials that contain nanoscale fibers held in a continuous phase called a matrix or resin.  Nanoparticles are those that are between 1 and 100 nanometers in size.  (A nanometer is one billionth of a meter).  Thus plastic nanocomposites are made up of nanoparticles embedded in plastic resin and are a near molecular blend of resin molecules and nanoscale particles.

9 TED Talks That Anyone Working in Plastic Engineering Should Watch

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Plastic engineering professionals, if you haven't heard of TED talks, you should!  TED's website showcases thousands of videos of short talks (usually less than 20 minutes) made by world famous innovators and thought leaders.  Hearing the ideas of other designers and thinkers can really inspire plastic engineers so here is a selection of videos (less than an hour, perfect for a lunch break).

Are Organic Materials the Future of Plastic Manufacturing?

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Part II: Organic Fillers in Plastic Hardware

This Plastic’s On Fire! 4 Types of Flame Retardant Plastic Additives

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Like certain pop stars, plastics are generally flammable.  Therefore it is often necessary to add flame retardant plastic additives to meet governmental and industry regulatory standards.  Flame retardant plastic additives are compounds added to plastics and other materials to inhibit, suppress or delay combustion. These compounds are useful in impending burning in the ignition phase of fire.  They do not prevent charring or melting nor do they increase the heat resistance of a material.  Flame retardants are also not effective when a fire is fully engaged.  There is no universal additive for all plastics, rather each flame retardant is specific to a particular polymer and a particular flammability test.

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