Extol is pleased to announce that we have received a patent for our revolutionary nanoSTAKE plastic staking technology. This is Extol’s second patent for a staking technology that will change the manufacturing industry. NanoSTAKE was developed to tackle the challenge of staking small plastic bosses in tight, hard-to-fit locations while being safe to use on electronics and other sensitive applications. The closed-loop process is fast and easy to use thanks to the proprietary Smart Respond™ heating system that rapidly heats and cools the punch at the tip of the module.
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.
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.
About two years ago, Mark, a manufacturing engineer at AutoTrim, was researching equipment to assemble a new, high-volume door panel they were hoping to win from an OEM. Mark recalled seeing a demo of Extol’s InfraStake technology a few months prior and was drawn to InfraStake’s built-in clamping feature that ensures tight stakes. Mark was hopeful that InfraStake would be a good fit for the door panel line, but wanted confirmation that the technology could meet the cycle time, strength, and assembly tightness requirements. That’s when our Applications Lab, the first of Extol’s wide array of customer-supporting service groups, stepped in to help.
The origins of the verb “trend” mean “revolve or rotate” which has become “change or develop in a general direction”. It is appropriate that we discuss trends with respect to the auto market as the wheels revolve and the axle rotates, so do the trends change. Jabil recently commissioned a survey of the automotive and transportation industry seeking to understand trends from OEM’s and Tier 1’s in this market sector.
Extol will be introducing several new plastics joining technologies at NPE 2018. Make sure you are there to participate in a live demonstration. Register for free on our website. NPE 2018 will be in Orlando, FL on May 7-11, 2018.