3D Printing vs. CNC Machining of Plastic Parts

The process of 3D Printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has now been developed for several materials including plastic and metal. This article will focus on 3D printing compared to CNC machining of plastic parts.
 
The 3D Printing process is an additive process during which layers of molten plastic are added until the part is completely formed.  These layers can often be noticed, and this can be an aesthetic issue. In evaluating whether or not this is the right approach the two key questions to be answered are:
1) What is the application?Read more

ABS: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene

ABS: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is a plastic that is a terpolymer, a polymer consisting of three different monomers. ABS is made by polymerizing styrene and acrylonitrile in the presence of polybutadiene.  Acrylonitrile is a synthetic monomer made up of propylene and ammonia while butadiene is a petroleum hydrocarbon, and the styrene monomer is made by the dehydrogeneration of ethyl benzene. Dehydrogenation is a chemical reaction that involves the removal of hydrogen from an organic molecule and is the reverse of hydrogenation. … Read more

History of the Screw

The screw is one of the six classical simple machines.1 It is a mechanism that changes rotational motion to linear motion and rotational force or torque to a linear force.  If looked at geometrically, a screw can be regarded as a narrow incline plane wrapped around a cylinder. The screw is one of the most common simple machines and consists of a cylindrical shaft with helical grooves or ridges around the outside called threads.   … Read more

Craftech Industries Receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Hudson, NY — Craftech Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received ISO 9001:2015 certification, an upgrade from its previous ISO 9001:2008 certification. With ISO 9001:2008 certification becoming obsolete in September 2018, it became important to Craftech to pursue the latest ISO 9001:2015 certification.
Whereas ISO 9001:2008 focused on meeting customer expectations and delivering customer satisfaction, ISO 9001:2015 focuses on performance while emphasizing the adoption of risk-based thinking and a Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle throughout the organization. … Read more

TORLON® Polyamide-imide

TORLON® is the Solvay brand name for polyamide-imide or PAI. Polyamide-imides demonstrate exceptional mechanical, thermal and chemical resistance properties making them well suited to severe environmental service. PAIs have exceptionally high heat performance with a continuous service temperature of 260°C or 500°F and are inherently flame resistant. They are known to have the highest strength and stiffness at higher temperatures of any thermoplastic. Torlon resists wear, creep and is also extremely durable from cryogenic temperatures to 275°C (535°F). … Read more