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    Medical Plastics: Up Close & Personal
    3-D Printing's Flexibility an Advantage in Medical Field
    Material Selection Considerations for Wearables
    Polymer Sterilization Techniques - An Update
    Super-Tough, Bio-Based PLA Materials
    Advanced Composites for Bicycles
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November 2016 blog


At least two commercial technologies combine extrusion with injection molding to fill molds with much lower pressure than conventional injection molding. One was recently introduced by Extrude to Fill LLC, Loveland, CO (, which melts plastic electrically without turning the screw. The other was introduced nearly 10 years ago by IB Steiner, a plastics engineering firm in Spielberg, Austria (, called Exjection, which uses a sliding mold cavity.


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Ascend Materials

  • Vydyne® PA66: leading trends in automotive lightweighting, packaging films, electrical/electronic applications and more




Ascend Performance Materials manufactures hundreds of grades of Vydyne® PA66 resin and compounds, including neat resin, impact-modified, mineral-filled, glass-filled and outdoor weatherable products. Our manufacturing processes are entirely vertically integrated, allowing us to maintain tight quality control standards. Vydyne® is used around the world in automobiles, cable ties and fasteners, consumer goods, electrical and electronic products and industrial equipment.


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