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  • 08-26-2019

    New Processes Allow Short Throughput Times

    Infrared Based Pre-Foaming Is Heading for Series Maturity

    Steamless pre-foaming of bead foams has been the aim of a research project called “IR-PreFoam".   more

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  • 08-06-2019

    Quality Testing for Additive Manufacturing

    IPH Develops Optical Measuring System for Controlling 3D Printing Processes

    Quality control of parts during a 3D printing process is the goal of researchers at IPH in the research project “Quali3D“.   more

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  • 07-11-2019

    Floating Wind Farms in Deeper Water

    Aimplas Participates in the Flotant Project

    The Flotant project is developing a plastic-concrete hybrid system to improve the buoyancy of wind turbines, as well as materials that are more lightweight and resistant to the marine environment.   more

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  • 07-05-2019

    AI for Laser Material Processing

    Trumpf Presents Voice-Controlled System for Laser Marking

    Voice-controlled lasers banish the need for manual input of control instructions and enable barrier-free operation.   more

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  • 05-16-2019

    Biodegradable Plastic under Maritime Conditions

    Contributing to Keeping Plastic Garbage out of Our Seas

    Researchers develop bio-based plastics that directly biodegrade in the sea. These materials would be utilized as an alternative to products whose entry into the sea cannot always be avoided, e.g. products utilized by fisheries in their everyday activities.   more

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  • 05-13-2019

    Single-Stage Production of Hybrid Parts

    Metal/Plastic Hybrids Made from a Single Tool

    A new process for the production of metal/plastic hybrids reduces set-up and assembly times in production as well as material requirements, and also saves work steps.   more

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  • 04-11-2019

    Fast Evaluation of the Long-Term Stress Crack Resistance

    A Test Method to Characterize Thermoplastics

    Scientists are intensively researching the usability of the Strain Hardening Test as a method for a fast and cost-effective characterization of the stress crack resistance of thermoplastic plastic components.   more

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  • 04-02-2019

    Pumps and Valves Made from Ultrathin Film

    Motorless Concept Allows Compact, Flat and Very Energy-Efficient Design

    A research group at Saarland University has developed valves and pumps made of silicone film that can be electrically controlled and vibrated.   more

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  • 02-14-2019

    Directly-Cooled Electric Motor Made from Plastics

    Novel Cooling Concept for Eco-Friendly Mobility

    A complete electric motor and the housing made of plastic? This is possible with the DEmiL prototype because the heat loss is dissipated via internal cooling channels.   more

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  • 02-12-2019

    Extruder with a Hollow Cylinder

    Novel Device for Processing Problematic Waste

    An extruder that promises to revolutionize the processing of recyclable materials was developed by VTT.   more

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  • 01-08-2019

    Creating Digital Twins of Materials

    Materials Data Space for Additive Manufacturing

    Data spaces can be used to integrate all types of materials information into digital networks.   more

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  • 12-19-2018

    Shrink Objects to the Nanoscale

    System Produces 3-D Structures One Thousandth the Size of the Originals

    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have shrunk 3D objects to nanoscale. The scientists' approach is based on a framework made of polyacrylate. It is a very absorbent material commonly found in diapers.   more

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  • 12-18-2018

    Enzymes in the Plastics Industry

    Methodologies for the Washing Process of Recycled Materials

    Enzymes in the plastics sector can support sustainable processes. For example, in the synthesis of polymers, they help to avoid the use of metal catalysts. The research network Aimplas is conducting research on this and other projects.   more

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  • 12-03-2018

    Precisely Fitting Bone Implants from the Printer

    Cold Plasma Improves Bonding of Bone-Forming Cells

    During the 3D printing process of plastic bone implants, Fraunhofer researchers treat the individual layers with a cold plasma in order to improve the bonding of bone-forming cells.   more

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  • 11-26-2018

    Honeycomb Films Out of the Fog

    Films Made via the Condensation of Humid Air

    Japanese researchers are producing honeycomb-shaped films using an approach that mimics what happens when we breathe on a glass surface. For example, films made from polyion complexes of polyamic acids in this manner can withstand high heat.   more

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  • 11-20-2018

    Plastics with Positive Eco-Balance

    For Aviation, Automotive, and Medical Industries

    In collaboration with Covestro and other partners from industry and research, RWTH Aachen University is currently developing processes for the large-scale production of a new high-performance plastic.   more

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  • 11-15-2018

    Fibers Turn into Ultra-Sensitive Sensors

    An Elastic Fiber Set to Revolutionize Smart Clothes

    EPFL scientists have found a fast and simple way to make super-elastic, multi-material, high-performance fibers. Their fibers have already been used as sensors on robotic fingers and in clothing. This method opens the door to new kinds of smart textiles and medical implants.   more

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  • 11-05-2018

    Reliably Simulating Polyurethane Foams

    Also Works with Composite Materials

    Fraunhofer researchers are now able to simulate the foaming behavior of polyurethane foams.   more

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  • 10-31-2018

    Joining Hybrid Components of CFRP and Aluminum

    Without Contact Corrosion

    For trendsetting lightweight construction concepts, connections consisting of lightweight metals and fibre composites represent ideal material combinations. However, as both materials show different electrochemical potentials, there is the danger of contact corrosion occurring in a hybrid composite. Within the framework of a DFG research project, Fraunhofer IFAM, in cooperation with the Faserinstitut Bremen e.V., has developed a new series-capable joining technology for the combination of cast aluminum and CFRP.   more

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  • 10-16-2018

    Liquid Energy Recuperators

    Electronic Layers with Polymer Ink

    Fraunhofer IWS scientists have developed a process in which small molecules are synthesized into polymers which are able to transport negative charge carriers (electrons). These will be installed on pipes or other surfaces in order to convert waste heat into electricity.   more

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  • 10-11-2018

    New 3D Bonding Technology Using Novel Polyurethane Set

    Innovative Way of Making Shoes

    In collaboration, Simplicity, Huntsman Polyurethanes and Desma have created a highly automated way of bonding together two-dimensional components, in a single shot, to form a seamless, three-dimensional upper.   more

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  • 10-09-2018

    Polyacrylamide Copolymers in the Environment

    New Method for Investigating Degree of Degradation

    Fraunhofer researchers have developed a method to test whether PAMs degrade in the environment and how quickly this happens. The new method can also be used in other areas to investigate the persistence and degradation of polymers and microplastics in the environment.   more

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  • 09-26-2018

    Thermoplastic Tapes in Injection Molded Parts

    Less Costs and Better Product Features Thanks to Thermoplastic Tapes?

    AZL Aachen GmbH in cooperation with the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University and the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University.   more

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  • 09-24-2018

    Sensor Node-Based Monitoring and Optimization System

    For Production Lines Using Twin-Screw Extruders

    Scientists at Fraunhofer LBF have used cyber-physical systems (CMS) as part of the "ImProcess4.0" project. With this sensor system unfavorable operating conditions or fluctuations in material properties can be detected, thus minimizing the occurrence of faulty batches or machine failures.   more

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  • 09-17-2018

    Optical Components Made with Utmost Precision

    Extrusion of Injection Molding Materials

    Polyoptics GmbH and the Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid have together launched the CRoCoMold project aimed at further developing a combination of extrusion and melt embossing, known as continuous compression molding, aimed at producing precision plastic optics.   more

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  • 09-12-2018

    Blow Molding Plant with Three Piston Accumulator Systems

    Synergy-Effects for Plastic-Products in the US

    Roth leveraged company-wide synergy effects to develop a new large blow molding plant for plastic products at its production site in the US city of Watertown. The design of the hydraulic accumulators permits rapid plant movements, ample power reserves and energy savings.   more

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  • 09-11-2018

    Replace Metal in Vehicles with UD Tapes

    Bio-Based Fiber Plastics

    In a joint research project with BYK Chemie and GK Concept, bio-based continuous fiber-reinforced semi-finished products were developed at the Fraunhofer IMWS.   more

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  • 08-13-2018

    Detection of Microplastics in Water

    Fraunhofer CSP Develops Smart Filter Systems

    By 2021, the Fraunhofer CSP together with several partners from science and industry aims to develop a smart filter system with which the entrainment of microplastics into lakes and rivers can be uniformly and quickly measured.   more

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  • 07-30-2018

    New Tool to Solve Problems in Materials Science?

    Group of Researchers Simulates Chemical Bonds

    An international group of researchers has achieved a multi‐qubit demonstration of a quantum chemistry calculation performed on a system of trapped ions, one of the leading hardware platforms in the race to develop a universal quantum computer.   more

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  • 07-25-2018

    Polymers with Biological Properties

    New Fraunhofer Project Group Wants to Breathe Life into Polymers

    For decades, researchers have worked successfully to impart extra properties to materials. So far, nature has been imitated. Today, biological functionalities are incorporated directly into the materials.   more

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  • 07-13-2018

    The Mushroom that Works Like a 3D Printer

    Biodegradable Material from Mycelium and Sawdust

    A team of environmental engineering and architecture students at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland) has discovered a way to grow biodegradable material from mycelium and sawdust. Their new material has promising properties and could eventually serve as a substitute for plastic.   more

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  • 07-11-2018

    Proton-Conducting Membrane for Electrolysis and Fuel Cells

    Fraunhofer IAP Is Researching New Electrochemical Processes

    At the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, scientists developed a novel proton-conducting polymer membrane. The development is part of the project »Electricity as a Raw Material«, which is supposed to bring about new electrochemical processes for the synthesis of important base chemicals.   more

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  • 07-06-2018

    To Produce Very Smooth Polymer Films

    For Smooth Surfaces With Low Defect Densities

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP has succeeded in developing a new technology for the production of ultra-smooth polymer films. The technology has now been successfully transferred to a roll-to-roll process.   more

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  • 06-28-2018

    Filament Winding Plant Builds Propulsion Rockets

    Close Cooperation between Roth and Avio

    A new filament winding system produces the components of a rocket. It is the result of close cooperation of specialists.   more

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  • 06-19-2018

    Advantages of DLC Coated Standard Components

    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.   more

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  • 06-12-2018

    New Comprehensive Market and Trend Report

    Strong Growth in Bio-Based Building Blocks and Moderate Growth in Bio-Based Polymers

    The new comprehensive market and trend report “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities and Trends 2017-2022” was published by German nova-Institute.   more

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  • 06-04-2018

    Fire Resistant, Sprayable and Ecologically Friendly

    Newly Developed Thermosets with Natural Fiber

    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.   more

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  • 05-22-2018

    Fiber-Reinforced Components in Small Batches

    Combined Joining and Forming Process

    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.   more

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  • 05-14-2018

    Remove Components from Molds without Residuals

    Release Agent Free Manufacture of FRP Components

    The Fraunhofer IFAM has succeeded in expanding the process-technical application possibilities of a flexible release film.   more

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  • 04-29-2018

    Keep Films, Photos and Records Longer

    Aimplas Develops Packaging Made of Nanofibers and Composites

    The Nemosine project aims to improve traditional storage solutions for visual and sound memory by developing a novel packaging that will save energy and extend preservation time.   more

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  • 04-19-2018

    Combining the Benefits of 3D Printing and Casting

    Additive Freeform Casting

    In additive freeform casting, first a shell of the part is manufactured using FLM printing, then this shell is filled with a two-component resin.   more

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  • 04-18-2018

    Engineering a Plastic-Eating Enzyme

    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).   more

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  • 04-11-2018

    From Plastic Waste to a Valuable Resource

    3D Filament from Post-Consumer PET Used to 3D Print Spare Parts

    The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the U.S. Marine Corps collaborate and make discovery to use waste plastics for 3D printing parts that soldiers may need on the battlefield.   more

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  • 04-04-2018

    Polycarbonate Molecule Kills Superbugs

    Fight against Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

    Researchers from IBM and Singapore’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology developed a new class of antimicrobial polymers designed to kill five deadly types of multi-drug-resistant bacteria with limited side effects.   more

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  • 03-28-2018

    Multi-Material Roof Bow

    Hybrid Automotive Component for Series Production

    Together with industrial partners, two Fraunhofer Institutes have developed a hybrid component that demonstrates the successful implementation of new innovative laser processes in lightweight production.   more

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  • 03-22-2018

    Intelligent Models for the Process Set-up of Injection Molding

    Plastics Industry 4.0

    Under the lead topic "Plastics Industry 4.0", researchers at the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) are occupied with the generation of intelligent models to facilitate the process set-up on an injection molding machine.   more

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  • 03-14-2018

    Exploiting the Possibilities of Industry 4.0

    Digitalized and Connected Manufacturing Environment

    The Fraunhofer High Performance Center for Networked, Adaptive Production aims to realize the complete connectivity of machines and sensors with the goal of evaluating all recorded production data with intelligent algorithms in real time.   more

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  • 03-08-2018

    Plastic Leaf Springs for Series Application

    Reliable Failure Prediction

    In a joint project, a research team from the Ford research center in Aachen and the IKV Aachen is occupied with carrying out a detailed examination of the properties of such springs.   more

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  • 02-28-2018

    Bonding of Metal and Thermoplastics

    Joining Gun Generates Robust Connections within Seconds

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS Dresden has developed a new process for joining materials with different properties.   more

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  • 02-21-2018

    Tests Prove HDPE's Recycling Properties

    A Further Step towards Sustainability

    ESE World has carried out the first practical experiment to demonstrate that HDPE can be recycled at least 10 times and further processed under controlled conditions.   more

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