Design engineers across all industries are the beneficiaries of an ever expanding range of polymers and plastic materials. Not only can engineers specify materials by type and grade – elastomer or thermoplastic, for example – they can select a product on the basis of its chemical or polymer system type, such as acetal, epoxy, or PEEK. The addition of filler materials and other modifications, moreover, alters the thermal, mechanical, and electrical properties of these plastics, increasing an already big list of material options almost exponentially. Learn how "just-right" property profiles, coupled with advanced fabrication techniques, are helping engineers discover new uses for plastic and resins.
- Discover how glass bubbles can be used in thermoplastic, rubber, and thermoset processing applications to reduce the weight of plastic parts
- Review advances in twin screw designs for increased torque, volume, and heat transfer
- Compare the benefits of Tandem molding vs Stack molding
- Learn about PEEK secondary fabrication technologies such as over-molding, laser welding, and laser sintering
Jim Brennan is a veteran freelance broadcast journalist in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY market, with experience as an on-air talent, writer, editor, and teacher. He developed and directed the Media Internship Program at the State University of New York's New York Network, which gave aspiring broadcasters the practical experience of producing TV news stories at the State Capital in Albany. At the same time, he produced and hosted "New York Week in Review", a weekly discussion of New York State government and politics, produced by WMHT in Schenectady, and aired on Public Television stations across the state. Prior to that, he authored a case study on the culture change at the Teresian House in Albany, New York, published in the Journal of Social Work in Long Term Care.