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SABIC debuts at NPE 2018 new portfolio of PP compounds for soft feel in automotive interior components

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, unveiled here today at NPE 2018, booth S19001, a new and growing portfolio of SABIC® polypropylene (PP) compounds that deliver a soft feel combined with excellent scratch performance in unpainted, low gloss automotive interior components. The new SABIC® PP compounds offer the luxurious haptics and finishes that today’s consumers demand – even in lower-priced vehicles. At the same time, these injection molding materials can help automotive OEMs and tiers reduce costs by as much as 50 percent by avoiding secondary operations such as applying soft paint, fabric, foam or other surface covering.

First application of INEOS Styrolution’s Luran® S KR 2864C processed with KrausMaffei’s ColorForm technology

INEOS Styrolution’s Luran® S KR 2864C is designed for exterior applications, especially in the automotive industry
First commercial use of Luran S KR 2864C processed by the single-stage ColorForm technology
Cost-efficient alternative to traditional painting


EOS, the world's leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, is pleased to announce its collaboration with Continental. With the purchase of several EOS M 290 systems, Continental is investing in industrial 3D printing as a production technology. The company is deploying the EOS systems to produce metal components in series and has also received key support from EOS in installing the systems, training employees, developing applications, and launching manufacturing capacities.


Student race team produces 3D printed mold for highly complex part in just five hours, compared to three weeks lead time with conventional aluminum molds

Significant weight reduction of 60 percent achieved results in higher performance on the track

Stratasys FDM sacrificial tooling enables the team to produce carbon fiber composite intake manifolds with a complex geometry in a single manufacturing operation

Additive Manufacturing Delivers Prototype Perfection at Racing Speeds

Innovative technology puts Williams Martini Racing’s Formula 1 Team on the podium

Whether measured by the accolades of adoring fans, the distribution of prize money, or the eternal passion for driving full throttle, success and speed count in Formula 1 as they do in no other sport. Having won nine constructor titles and seven driver world championships, it is fair to say that the Williams Martini Racing F1 Team understands its craft. The fact that speed is also important off the track can be seen in the racing team's development department. There, the engineers have successfully applied additive manufacturing using EOS technology to construct exterior parts of the front wing's assembly for their 2016 racing car.


Tasked with optimizing a digital product life cycle for customized production, students learn how to ‘think additively’ by designing self-balancing scooter development process around additive technology

Production of first self-balancing scooter prototype reduced from four weeks to four days with Stratasys additive technologies, equating to time-savings of 85%

Self-balancing scooter to be displayed at formnext in Frankfurt, November 14-17 in Hall 3.1, Stand F40

Additive manufacturing helps reduce lead-time and production costs of self-driving bus Olli

American vehicle manufacturing company Local Motors is disrupting the automotive industry with the Olli, the first self-driving vehicle powered by IBM’s Watson IoT technology. Since the launch of the autonomous shuttle in June 2016, Olli (originally named Berlino) has taken around 850 trips and transported 1500 passengers safely.

Local Motors aims to redefine the automotive industry by setting up localized micro-factories that design and manufacture cars directly in the region they serve. The company has achieved a small-batch, on-demand business model by employing specific tools such as the MakerBot Replicator+, a cloud-enabled desktop 3D printer, to meet their production and prototyping needs at each step of the process.

BMW employs 3D printing for MINI Electric Concept car

BMW seeks to bring the iconic design, city-dwelling heritage and customary go-kart feeling of the MINI brand into the electric mobility age. The MINI Electric Concept, unveiled at the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt, Germany, is marketed as a zero-emission solution to the current challenges facing personal mobility in cities and their surroundings.

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