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Rampf Group, Inc. is presenting its range of advanced liquid polyurethanes for theme park and speciality tooling at IAAPA 2019 (stand 2958), the global conference and trade show for the attractions industry, from 19 – 22 November 2019 in Orlando, FL, USA. According to the company, its polyurethanes are opening up new possibilities for theme parks, aquariums, and cruise ships as they provide outstanding consistency and quality, are mercury-free and RoHS-compliant, and offer a wide range of handling, curing, and performance properties.

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The VisionVenture camper, co-created by BASF and Hymer, was a main attraction point at the BASF stand at K 2019. The vehicle celebrated its world premiere at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf, Germany. More than 20 plastics and a new painting technology of BASF are used in the vehicle.

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Polyketones have an elevated melting point (220 – 255 °C) and are often used for high-performance applications in the automotive industry and technical components in mechanical engineering. In addition to good resistance to chemicals and hydrolysis, polyketones are characterised by their high wear resistance. Hexpol TPE has succeeded in developing TPE materials for adhesion to polyketone substrates. They do not require the use of a primer or adhesive, which makes the production process more economical, faster and simpler.

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Eos announced the launch of Eos TPU 1301. The company, one of the leading technology suppliers in the field of industrial 3D printing of polymers and metals, said that this material is a big step towards 3D printing mass production.

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According to Covestro, the wind energy industry pursues the development of maintenance-free systems. One important hurdle on the path to achieving this goal is the fact that the longitudinal edges of rotor blades are subject to the effects of weather: when it is raining and the blades are turning quickly, raindrops hit the edges of the blades at high speed and with a large amount of energy. Over time, this destroys the coating layer and the composite material beneath. This edge erosion can reduce annual energy performance by more than 5 %. In addition, the systems have to be serviced more frequently.

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In a joint project, BASF and STR Automotive have brought components for premium vehicles into serial production for the first time using the new material Elastolit R 8819 Lightweight. In comparison to conventional processing with PU-RRIM materials, the new process is said to convince due to significant weight reduction. The usual component thickness of 3.0 mm can be reduced to less than 2.5 mm, without detrimental effects on processing, quality or mechanical properties.

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The German bioplastic specialist FKuR has added three Terraprene TPE grades to its portfolio. New within the bio-based Terraprene TPE compounds family are the grades SI 701 and SI 801, whose biocontent (calculated) ranges from 55 % to 75 %. They are available in Shore A40 to A80 grades and their properties are said to be largely similar to those of conventional TPS grades.

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Evonik has introduced two new copolyester powders available in white or black and suitable for use in common powder-based 3D printing technologies, such as selective laser sintering. At processing temperatures, the flow characteristics of the formulations are said to be impressive, allowing manufacturers to make efficient use of the full installation height of the powder bed during the 3D printing process. Compared to other flexible materials available on the market for SLS, the new, ready-to-use PEBA powders remain tough and flexible after printing, with no sacrifice in surface quality, the company said. Applications range from athletic equipment, such as individual protectors for extreme athletes, to sophisticated technical components and functional design objects. The new powder materials are scheduled for market launch in Q1/2020. Evonik will present the new materials at Formnext 2019 (hall 12.1, stand C71).

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Rampf Production Systems and its Indian partner Sanika Engineering & Consultancy are presenting mixing and dispensing technology for sealing, casting, bonding, and foaming at MatDispens 2019 (hall 5, stand B26), Bombay Exhibition Center, 14 – 16 November 2019.

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Lubrizol has recently introduced halogen-free Estane ZHF TPU grades mainly for cable production that are said to feature low toxicity, low smoke and low gas conductivity. The company said that the design versatility of the new products polymers expands the scope of applications, including thinner or coloured cables.

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The Hamburg-based German Lehvoss Group will exhibit at Formnext 2019 (hall 11.1, stand B48), which will take place from 19 – 22 November 2019 in Frankfurt a. M., Germany. The company announced that it will highlight Luvosint TPU for tailor-made orthopaedic insoles as well as its Luvocom 3F series of 3D printing filaments.

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