Diamond-Like Carbon Surfaces in Tool and Mold Making
Moving components without hard carbon coating (diamond-like carbon, or DLC for short) can hardly be imagined in modern die and mold making. But what is so good about this coating? Through examples, Meusburger shows the advantages and uses of DLC coated standard components.
The thermoset specialists at Lorenz Kunststofftechnik have developed a Bulk Moulding Compound (BMC) with jute, cotton or sisal fibre, that exhibits, depending on the composition, similar properties to traditional FRP.
The Institute of Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University has, as part of a joint BMBF project called "LightFlex", linked up with other project partners to develop an photonic-based production process for increased flexibility and geometrical complexity in prototype and small-series manufacture.
Solution to One of the Biggest Environmental Problems?
Teams at the University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics. The research is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).