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The TEPEX x08 range of materials has become available commercially, using TPU as matrix material. The formulation of the TPU resin itself is very new as it obtains properties of standard engineering plastics, where standard TPU systems tend to be very soft.
The integration within composites can be seen as a small revolution in thermoplastic composites as it eliminates many of the draw backs of standard thermoplastic composite systems. In addition these materials will be available in different colours. The materials are manufactured by Bond-Laminates and offer excellent mechanical properties, processing temperatures of 200-220 degC and high impact properties.
Bond-Laminates also presented a demonstrator automotive application at the JEC show, manufactured with TEPEX Glass/PA66 and D-LFT-PA66. The development of a Direct LFT formulation based on PA 66 enabled the manufacturing of applications with a combination of LFT and TEPEX, shown here on a front end courtesy of BMW, Fraunhofer ICT and Dieffenbacher.
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