06 March 2018
06 March 2018
LEHVOSS North America will showcase three new thermoplastic compounds at NPE 2018, 7-11 May in Orlando, Florida, US. A major focus of the exhibit will be on the company’s customised material solutions and its expanding capabilities in custom compounding, additive manufacturing, masterbatch and concentrates.
A new addition to the LUVOCOM product line, LUVOCOM 1114 is designed to provide exceptional tribological and thermal properties. Based on the high-temperature resistant polymer PEKK, LUVOCOM 1114 offers a number of advantages in tribological applications when compared to other high-temperature polymers such as PEEK.
“The wear and friction characteristics of compounds from the LUVOCOM 1114 line exhibit a low and particularly uniform curve up to 165°C (329°F)," reports Robert Healy, Managing Director, LEHVOSS North America. "LUVOCOM 1114 also has an elevated heat deflection temperature.”
Another new LUVOCOM product, LUVOCOM 3F, is designed for extrusion-based 3D printing processes including fused filament fabrication.
“The product line is dedicated to easy 3D printing with excellent mechanical properties,” says Healy. “Polymers are tailored to 3D printing for different processes and offer improved layer bonding and enhanced printability. The injection moulding quality of printed parts is 100% consistent.”
Also featured will be LUVOBATCH PA BA 1001/1002, an endothermic blowing agent that makes it possible to reduce the weight of reinforced polyamides (PA).
“Polyamides with reinforcing materials such as glass fibres, carbon fibres and minerals are becoming increasingly important in weight reduction,” says Healy. “Using the LUVOBATCH PA BA 1001/1002 blowing agent reduces the weight of these materials by up to 30% and simultaneously maintains a low level loss of mechanical properties.”
The endothermic blowing agent is specially adapted to polyamides. It helps avoid sink marks and contraction cavities.
“Using LUVOBATCH PA BA 1001/1002 as the carrier system reduces or prevents the delamination in components subject to high mechanical stress which may arise during the addition of masterbatch based on polyethylene or universal carriers,” Healy concludes.
The system can be used in all common processing techniques.
The EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub (The Hub) has released the programme for its one-day conference taking place alongside ICMAC 2018 on 10 July 2018 in Nottingham, UK.
Composites UK will be hosting two events in April with some big-name speakers.
The aircraft industry has forecast that over 35,000 new aircraft will be required within the next 20 years, meeting this kind of escalating demand calls for new approaches and new technologies, reports Victrex, and as a consequence thermoplastic composites are expected to play an increasingly important role in accelerating future aircraft construction.