BounCell-X TPU Foam
For Sports and Recreation Applications
Trexel, Inc., in partnership with Lubrizol Engineered Polymers, has developed a new high-performance TPU foam technology: BounCell-X. The combination of Lubrizol’s Estane TPU chemistry with the MuCell physical foam injection molding technologies created BounCell-X – a plasticizer-free, thermoplastic foam with low density and superior performance.
With increasing demands for higher performance and improved sustainability, designers, brands and processors are facing challenges that require unique and innovative solutions. The specially developed BounCell-X chemistry allows manufacturers to make a broad range of thermoplastic foamed applications that have a unique cushioning profile. BounCell-X benefits include:
- Light weight
- Outstanding long-term cushioning
- Thin solid skin for durable TPU performance
- Broad property range: hardness and energy absorption/return
- High efficiency injection molding process with over-molding feasibility
- Use of industrial regrind/post-consumer recycling possibility due to no crosslinking or chemical blowing agents in foaming process
The MuCell Microcellular Foam technology from Trexel Inc. is a complete process and equipment technology that enables the production of high quality plastic parts with significantly enhanced dimensional stability, lower weight/material and reduced cycle time. MuCell technology involves the introduction of precisely metered quantities of atmospheric gases (nitrogen or carbon dioxide) in the plasticizing unit of an injection molding machine to create a microcellular material structure in the end product. The creation of these microcellular structures brings a wide array of benefits including an increased part quality along with reduced production costs.
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