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PT Article K Reporter’s Notebook Materials: New 3D Printer Uses COCs for Microfluidic Devices; ABS Terpolymer for 3D Printing
Specially designed 3D printer uses COCs for microfluidics; new ABS player promotes terpolymer for additive manufacturing. More (+)
PT Article Spotlight On 3D Printing at K 2016
During K 2013, Arburg captured everyone’s attention with its novel Freeformer machine for additive manufacturing. We’ll find out soon what will be the next showstopper, but in the meantime, here’s a preview of some cool and innovative 3D printing technologies that you’ll see in Dusseldorf. More (+)

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K2016 Reporter’s Notebook: Materials News

Celanese to offer PEEK, TPE; SABIC eyes new Gulf Coast facility; Covestro displays automotive, electronics innovations; and Baerlocher launches heat stabilizer for recycled resins.

Dimensional Stability of Subtractive Manufacturing With the Design Freedom of Additive

IKV to demonstrate additive manufacturing of materials in granular form, including highly filled thermoplastics.

Moldmaker Branches Out With New Services & Technologies

NyproMold offers new development tooling program and the latest in servo drives, enhanced cooling, and CT scanning.

Switch Manufacturer Saves Big With 3D Printed Plastic Molds

Inkjet-printed ABS molds produce functional prototypes in ASA, PC, and TPE.

K 2016 Preview: Materials & Additives

Driving the wide range of new developments in engineered plastics and additives are higher performance, safety, and sustainability.

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Additive Manufacturing


Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, is a process for making parts by joining materials layer by layer. While formerly reserved mainly for producing sample or prototype parts, the technology has evolved over the years to enable manufacturers to make fully-functional production parts for automotive, aerospace, medical and a wide range of other markets. Additive Manufacturing encompasses a wide range of technologies, among them laser sintering, fused deposition modeling, stereolithography and more. Processors—injection molders in particular—are using this technology more of late both for low-volume production part made out of specialized plastics, and for moldmaking.

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