Aptiform to Mould Self-Reinforced Plastics

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Composites Europe 2006 will see the launch of a new business, Aptiform, specifically to mould components from self-reinforced plastics, borne out of extensive development work and increasing customer demand.

Composites Europe 2006 will see the launch of a new business, Aptiform, specifically to mould components from self-reinforced plastics, borne out of extensive development work and increasing customer demand.

The business is dedicated to the manufacture of complex components from self-reinforced plastics - a family of materials that offer a unique balance of properties and cost. The unique forming process used by Aptiform allows OEMs to benefit from the light weight, recyclability, high impact performance and low cost offered by self-reinforced plastics.

Self-reinforced plastics bridge the gap between isotropic polymers and fibre-reinforced composites, with stiffness and strength values typically 5 times those of conventional unreinforced plastics.

Because these materials are not contaminated with dissimilar reinforcing materials like glass fibres they can be more easily recycled, whist offering comparable strength and stiffness properties and the advantage of reduced weight.

Moulding self-reinforced plastics via conventional moulding techniques gives mixed results, but Aptiform’s process has been developed over several years in collaboration with leading industrial companies and universities, enabling them to successfully mould complex shapes in these relatively new materials. Their capabilities also include finishing, joining, painting and recycling of self-reinforced plastics, allowing the complete supply of finished, assembled components.

Aptiform will show how OEM’s can benefit from light weight, recyclability, high impact performance and low cost materials at their launch at Composites Europe 2006 in Essen, Germany. On show will be a variety of moulded self-reinforced polypropylene products ranging from painted automotive body panels to medical orthoses, demonstrating the uses of moulded self-reinforced plastic products in the automotive, medical, protective equipment and construction sectors.

Aptiform has been created from the applied research work undertaken at NetComposites, the applied R&D, consultancy and information organisation.

About Aptiform

Aptiform is a moulding business that has been founded specifically to manufacture components from self-reinforced plastics, based on the results of extensive development work undertaken by NetComposites in collaboration with leading industrial companies and universities.

Aptiform is dedicated to the manufacture of complex components from self-reinforced plastics - a family of materials that offer a unique balance of properties and cost. The unique forming process at last allows OEMs to benefit from the light weight, recyclability, high impact performance and low cost offered by self-reinforced plastics.

We work with our customers’ purchasing and technical departments by offering prototyping, product development & project planning to facilitate smooth changes in the supply chain. Our expertise also includes finishing, joining, painting and recycling of self-reinforced plastics, allowing the complete supply of finished, assembled components.

http://www.aptiform.com

About Self-Reinforced Plastics

The impact, weight, temperature and recycling characteristics of self reinforced plastics means that they are ideally suited to a wide range of applications in almost all industrial sectors. Moulded self-reinforced plastic technology is already used by leading companies in the following sectors:

  • Construction – Shuttering and Formwork
  • Sports and Leisure – Luggage; Loudspeaker Cones
  • Automotive – Parcel Shelves; Exterior Panels; Liners
  • Marine – Personal Watercraft
  • Off-Road Vehicles – High-Impact Exterior Panels
  • Protective Equipment –Helmets; Ballistic and Injury Protection
  • Medical – Orthoses; Temporary Supports

Compared to incumbent materials such as GMT, GRP or ABS, self reinforced plastic mouldings typically offer significant performance advantages at similar or reduced costs.

About NetComposites

NetComposites was created at the end of 2000 with the specific objective of developing and exploiting new composite materials technologies. The company is active in applied research, development and consultancy, and also has a strong presence in web-based information, all in the field of composite materials. NetComposites is also well-known for its insight into emerging technologies in composites.

The company has manufacturing and prototyping capability to cater for almost all fibres, resins and composite materials, with a history of successfully developing demonstrator parts using new technologies. The company is experienced in developing successful, commercially exploitable outcomes from research projects.

http://www.netcomposites.com

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