COVID-19 Policy Update
Extol, Inc. qualifies as an "essential business" during the Michigan Executive Order "Stay Home, Stay Safe" per Governor Whitmer. We remain open for business while taking all the appropriate steps to keep our employees safe per the CDC guidelines.
However, Extol is currently not allowing any visitors at our facility.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Fighting back against COVID-19
Extol is working with first responders, doctors, and treatment centers to develop products to help in the fight against COVID-19. Here’s what we’re working on…
Many firefighters and emergency medical personnel are required to wear an N95 mask on each call, but they are facing a shortage of N95 masks. Extol has worked with local first responders to design and manufacture an adapter that allows for firefighters to use their current fit-tested SCBA face piece with a filter cut from an N95 mask or other appropriate filter media.
With the adapter, firefighters can significantly extend the life of a single N95 mask. Extol is manufacturing the adapter with HP MJF 3D printing.
Non-invasive ventilator helmets allow for a more diverse range of medical treatments by using CPAPs, BiPAPs or oxygen in some cases. They may also limit the spread of the virus within the treatment facility and assist in protecting medical staff.
Extol has worked with local health care providers to develop an NIV helmet and is manufacturing them to help combat the COVID-19 virus.
Humans have been fascinated by reflections for millennia. Narcissus was bewitched by his reflection in a pool of water and mirrors have magic powers in fairy tales. Speaking of mirrors, they are simply smooth surfaces with shiny, dark backgrounds that reflect very well. In addition to glass mirrors, polished and sometimes coated metal also reflects light very well. Using mirrors in laser plastic welding is an innovative way to direct the light waves to weld ribs that might be otherwise impossible to reach without either moving the part or the laser source.
Powder-based 3D printed polypropylene (PP) parts are now available at Extol. The addition of PP expands Extol’s 3D printed powder-based materials, which already include PA12 and TPU.
We’ve received feedback that our powder-based 3D printed PP parts are performing with the toughness, ductility, and chemical resistance that customers expect from molded PP.
Laser plastic welding is a proven, powerful, and effective way to join plastics. It’s been used in industry for over 20 years and its ability to weld a wide variety of part sizes, with precision weld joints, minimal flash, and no particulate is unmatched by other welding processes.
Extol now has the capability of 3D printing components out of TPU material using HP’s Multi Jet Fusion process. The ability to print strong, homogeneous structures in TPU is a game-changer over other printing technologies. Extol’s Digital Development Center now can print parts out of both PA12 and TPU.
Extol has launched a new Digital Development Center (DDC) to provide parts and engineering support to help its customers develop high-value applications for additive manufacturing using HP Multi Jet Fusion technology.
Design engineers often ask us, “How strong will my staked joint be?” Usually, they’re designing a plastic assembly that needs to be staked, and they need to know how to design the part so that it will be strong enough for their application. They just want a number, like 450 N. If they know how strong one stake point will be, they can plan how many stake points they need and where to locate them. The good news is that we can estimate the answer…