Nanotechnology Alliance Combines Polymers, Metals
DuPont has formed an alliance with Morph Technologies Inc., Integran Technologies Inc., and PowerMetal Technologies to develop and commercialize a nanocrystalline metal/polymer hybrid technology. The technology will be used to manufacture extremely lightweight components with the strength and stiffness of metal and the design flexibility and lightweight benefits of high-performance thermoplastics.
“DuPont has consistently led the industry in providing metal replacement solutions. Now we are turning traditional plastic/metal hybrid technology inside-out with an innovative ’metal over plastic’ technology that delivers not only a step-change in performance, but also provides product designers with a technology that can help shift the current paradigm,” said Keith Smith, vice president and general manager, DuPont Engineering Polymers.
The new offering - MetaFuse™ nanometal/polymer hybrids - uses a proprietary process that precisely applies ultra high-strength nanometal to components made of DuPont engineering polymers. This creates lightweight components in myriad complex shapes with the stiffness of magnesium or aluminum and higher strength.
Initial developments will focus on selected applications in the automotive, consumer electronics and sporting goods markets that offer the maximum benefits that the technology can deliver. Under the agreement, DuPont will lead application development for global customers to bring the innovative technology to market, by using its global development, R&D and customer-support centers.
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