• Copper alloy moulds

    Copper increases efficiency in injection moulding

    Materials World magazine
    Replacing traditional steel moulds with those made from copper alloys could make injection moulding of plastic packaging more productive, according to research led by UK-based Copperplas International Ltd. Project Aimtech aims to reduce cycle time and improve finish quality to increase competiveness with the rapidly developing Chinese supply chain. Copper alloy moulds are five to six times more thermally conductive than steel for injecting molten plastic at high pressure.
  • Copper alloy moulds

    Copper increases efficiency in injection moulding

    Packaging Professional magazine
    Replacing traditional steel moulds with those made from copper alloys could make injection moulding of plastic packaging more productive, according to research led by UK-based Copperplas International Ltd. Project Aimtech aims to reduce cycle time and improve finish quality to increase competiveness with the rapidly developing Chinese supply chain. Copper alloy moulds are five to six times more thermally conductive than steel for injecting molten plastic at high pressure.
  • MADE magazine

    MADE design magazine launched

    IOM3
    A new magazine, MADE, has been launched for the UK’s design and materials communities.
  • Electrospun silicone microthreads for regenerative medicine

    Materials World magazine
    The feasibility of electrospinning technology to produce polymeric threads containing viable brain cells, has been demonstrated by researchers at University College London, UK. The creation of biologically active threads and scaffolds of living organisms may have a range of bioengineering and medical applications.
  • Microwave curing of composites

    Materials World magazine
    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) in Pfinztal, Germany, have developed a microwave technique to cure large fibre-reinforced plastic composites components used in the shipbuilding, construction and energy industries. The approach could serve as an alternative to manual-lamination or die-casting methods, enabling polymer resins to be heated volumetrically in a more contolled process.
  • £50 million of funding for research and development projects

    IOM3
    A DTI competition for funding will distribute £50 million to collaborative research and development projects.
  • Cars, components and composites – special edition Institute journal

    IOM3
    The automotive sector has a dedicated special issue in the international journal Plastics, Rubber and Composites.
  • Innovations in plastics - the ANTEC conference

    Materials World magazine
    More than 700 technical papers were presented at the Society of Plastics Engineers' ANTEC conference, held in Charlotte, South Carolina, in early May 2006. Topics covered included nanomaterials and the modification of polyolefins.

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