In this article from Plastics Today, a DuPont sponsored survey indicated that “lightweighting and use of lightweight structural materials will be the key enabler in realizing 2017-2025 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards.”
“In terms of lightweighting strategies, while use of aluminum topped the leader board with 27 percent of respondents saying they were most heavily relying on the metal to achieve CAFE standards, multi-material solutions came in second (16 percent), with engineering plastics third (13 percent).” Manufacturing companies, especially in the auto industry are racing to create safe, affordable, and fuel efficient prototypes. And plastic is helping to reduce vehicle weight.
“This is a marathon – not a sprint. Clear strategies need to be set, checkpoints need to be established and the most effective tool we have in this race is collaboration.”
“Design teams are always trying to come up with something better—better shapes and designs, better performance, better materials, and lower costs. They are constantly seeking something that will give them an edge over the competition.”
But being creative is harder when you’re dealing with metals. Regardless of how lean you go, cost is still the greatest factor. That’s why changing from metal components to plastic ones could save you up to 50 percent in operational costs without compromising function or quality. It caneven improve design choices and options, giving the design teams the creative license they need.
In this great article from Kaysun Corporation, they outline how injection-molded plastic can replace metal in many instances and what advantages plastic has over other materials.
When you’re buying molded parts made from different types of plastics, it’s crucial you know about some of parts defects that can lower the quality of the molded plastic parts. If you know the sources of the defects and flaws they can cause, you can work in conjunction with your plastic injection molding company to maintain the highest standard of quality during production. (more…)
Injection molding is the most common procedure used to produce plastic parts, and it forms an integral part of a vast array of different processes in most manufacturing sectors. It is commonly used to mass produce a specific part and ensure that all the objects are uniform, which is important for products that are modular and require high precision manufacturing. While many people look to new technologies such as 3D-printing as an innovation that will surpass injection molding as the go-to process to mass produce high volume objects, injection molding is continuously evolving, and there are new trends that will improve upon the process and ensure that the Injection Molding Industry remains in the forefront of manufacturing. (more…)
Newlight Technologies has created a way to take greenhouse gases from our atmosphere and turn them into plastic pellets now being used to make mobile phone cases, explains this article from The Guardian. This opens up a whole new thinking for how plastics could effect the world. With the ability to harness carbon from greenhouse gas and use it as a constructive resource for materials we could start to create a greener world. Read more about whether this new method of modern day alchemy will take off or not…