CT Software

Volume Graphics, Charlotte, NC, has released a new version of its CT software, which captures and analyzes data from industrial CT scans of injected molded parts. Version 3.5 incorporates information into the user’s design tools to make changes that improve product quality and performance.

The software provides automated design-geometry adjustment and repair tools that can be used to correct and/or offset issues that stem from the manufacturing process itself.

The software fine-tunes surface fitting and provides compensations that are within tolerances, enabling users to immediately see whether design changes are compatible with mold making.

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Electric Robot

Milacron, Cincinnati, OH, has added a new robot to its all-electric portfolio. The FANUC Roboshot ALPHA-SiB series 55, 110, 140, 165 and 240-ton models are now available with variations of injection capacity. Smaller injection capacity models are available in multiple sizes for high-precision molding applications. Special features have been developed for medical applications. The series will include higher resolution and higher performance PANEL iH control and new electrical standards. Precision clamp force control for consistent venting and reduced mold wear and 200 Operator ID with custom lock-out capability for security control and tracking are now standard.

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Molding Material

BASF, Rhein, Germany, has expanded it polyphenylsulphone (PPSU) portfolio so that bottles can be manufactured by injection stretch blow molding, extrusion blow molding, and injection molding. All three processing methods benefit from the customized properties of the high-temperature thermoplastic. The material contains no harmful substances and offers excellent strength, chemical resistance, and long-term high-temperature stability up to 180 °C. During extrusion blow molding, the plastic melt is extruded from top to bottom through a circular die to form a tube-shaped parison. Internal pressure is then used to inflate the parison within a mold, thus giving the part its shape.

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Bio-Based Compound

A new bio-based compound for injection molding is available from from SABIC, Houston, TX. LNP™ THERMOCOMP™ DC0041PE-7M1D145W is designed to be a sustainable option for demanding applications in healthcare and other key industries. The flame-retardant, carbon fiber–reinforced compound has a reduced carbon and energy footprint compared to its incumbent product, LNP THERMOCOMP DC0041PE-7M1D145 compound — up to 17 percent when compared to the fossil-based incumbent material. The compound complies with REACH and RoHS.

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