Hybrid molding process and material

Victrex reports that it has developed a new polyaryletherketone (PAEK)-based polymer as well as a hybrid molding technology that allows the overmolding of the PAEK composite with fiber-reinforced Victrex PEEK injection molding materials.

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Victrex (West Conshohocken, Pa., USA) reports that it has developed a new polyaryletherketone (PAEK)-based polymer as well as a hybrid molding technology that allows the overmolding of the PAEK composite with fiber-reinforced Victrex PEEK injection molding materials. The advancement is said to allow for the design of stronger, lower cost components that are up to 60 percent lighter than typical metal and thermoset systems. Victrex and Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corp. (Bristol, R.I., USA) have engineered an aerospace bracket using this new polymer and technique.

Tri-Mack has a long-standing relationship with Victrex in the development of high- performance aerospace components using PAEK polymers. “Given our expertise in the industry, we were excited to use a new polymer and process to develop an innovative product,” says Tom Kneath, director of sales and marketing for Tri-Mack. “The design flexibility of the materials, along with the technical support from Victrex, enabled us to engineer and manufacture a PAEK bracket that can be produced in minutes compared to the hours it would take for a metal or thermoset equivalent.”

Victrex says the overall mechanical properties, weight savings and processing efficiencies offer a step-change for the automotive, energy and consumer electronics industries as well.