This update from the SME Plastics, Composites & Coatings (PCC) Technical Community presents the latest trends and developments in these areas. Among the innovations described are Forged Composites, particularly for automotive applications, thermal insulating ceramic coating, dry film lubricant, and spray-on super-nanotube composite. Advances in molding co-injection applications, simulation/flow analysis, and failure/fracture analysis are also discussed. In the future are innovations such as rapid-cure carbon thermoset composite materials/processes, and nanomaterials influencing the properties of plastics, composites, and coatings.
The Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community is SME’s home for engineers and manufacturing professionals involved in manufacturing processes of plastics, composites, and coatings technology. The community offers opportunities for SME members with like interests to connect, learn from one another, and collaborate to further manufacturing knowledge and education. Learn more at www.sme.org/pcc.
Presented at: SME Annual Conference, June 2–4, 2013, Baltimore, MD.