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Page 42 of 51 41 New Products NEW PRODUCTS » VACUUM SYSTEM EQUIPMENT & ACCESSORIES Lab-scale vacuum system Oerlikon Leybold (Cologne, Germany) has introduced TURBOLAB "plug-and-play" high-vacuum pump systems for lab-scale and research-and-development (R&D) applications. The compact systems reportedly are available in different configurations to cover individual vacuum demands in a range of R&D and analytical scenarios. In addition, hydro- carbon-free pump system operation is said to be guaranteed, due to the oil-free, hybrid bearing design of the systems' new TURBOVAC i/iX turbo pumps and the use of different dry compressing backing-pump combina- tions. The TURBOLAB systems come fully assembled and ready to operate, with a turbo-molecular pump, a dry-compressing or oil-sealed backing pump and a TPU display power unit. Compact tabletop and mobile cart versions are available, and both offer flexibility and ease of operation. Each can be customized to accom- modate a range of accessories, including purge gas and/or venting valves, a foreline safety valve, cooling units and a heater band. The system also can accommodate THERMOVAC TTR vacuum pressure gauges and PENNINGVAC PTR high-vacuum sensors. Connected sensors are detected and pressure readings are automatically shown on the display. TURBOLAB Data Viewer, a PC-based software tool, analyzes the data log and event log files and monitors the status and key parameters in real time. A built-in Webserver enables remote control, monitoring and configuration of TURBOLAB from a mobile device or computer, using a browser. » NOISE, VIBRATION & HARSHNESS DAMPING MATERIALS Aircraft interior skin-damping materials SMAC (Toulon, France) has introduced SMACSONIC, a new range of skin-damping materials, designed to replicate the efficiency of current SMACSONIC products, but at a lower weight. Developed to reduce vibration and induced noise created by a structure, the range includes SMACSONICST2, which complements existing SMACSONICST, for ambient temperature applications, and SMACSONICEX2, which complements existing SMACSONICEX, for low-temperature applica- tions. SMACSONIC damping products are used on lightweight struc- tures, including fuselages, fairings, cabinets, crew rest compartments and monuments. For composites fabricators, the company also offers the SMACWRAP range, which includes SMACWRAP VEIL, a very thin damping material that can be embedded in a layup to save weight, space and energy while ensuring high performance. » ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS Fused deposition modeling design guide and more Stratasys (Eden Prairie, MN, US) has launched a comprehensive design guide for users of its Fortus-brand fused deposition modeling (FDM) systems, titled Design Guide for FDM Composite Tooling, that lays out the best practices for design, fabrication and preparation of 3D printed composite tools that can be used to cure composites at temperatures exceeding 177°C under pressures as high as 100 psig. Tim Schniepp, composites tooling director at Stratasys, points out that the Guide demonstrates how a combination of ULTEM 1010 PEI resin material (supplied by SABIC, Pittsfield, MA, US) and the FDM process enables manufacturers to produce tooling for autoclave-curable composite structures in a fraction of the time that traditional metal molds require, and does so at significant cost savings. In a recent SAMPE technical paper, Schniepp noted that Dassault Falcon Jet (Little Ferry, NJ, US) has employed this tooling solution for parts on its Falcon aircraft: "We developed the Design Guide to provide our customers with the ability to immediately realize the immense time and cost-saving benefits of FDM composite tooling without the effort and expense required to develop the knowledge independently." Stratasys also offers a 3D printed sacrificial (trapped) tooling solution. Using a new "washout" material called ST-130 together with a patent- pending "alternative fill" printing pattern, the tooling is designed for rapid build speed, fast dissolution, yet yields a high-quality tool that can be autoclaved. Stratasys also offers an Acceleration Kit for its Fortus 900 printing machines, intended for ULTEM 1010 and ASA polymer materials and aimed at producing large tools. A larger extrusion tip and upgraded software package allows faster material laydown rate for faster builds. » PUBLICATIONS, VIDEOS & RESOURCE MATERIALS Thermoplastics handbook updated CRC Press LLC (Boca Raton, LA, US) has published the Handbook of Thermoplastics, Second Edition (ISBN 9781466577220) by Olagoke Olabisi (Corrpro Cos. Inc., Houston, TX, US) and Kolapo Adewale (Hanwha L&C Alabama LLC, Opelika, AL, US). This new edition of a bestseller incorporates recent developments and advances in thermo- plastics with regard to materials development, processing, properties and applications. With contributions from 65 internationally recognized authorities in the field, it offers up-to-date coverage of commodity, transitional, engineering, high-temperature and high-performance thermoplastics (including thermoplastic composites). Price US$299.95 (€191.00); order online and use promo code "EMS" for a 20% discount.

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