Sample parts made of zinc-plated steel and a customized, bio-based polyamide called Vestamid® Terra, were injection molded and adhesively bonded in a single step using an adhesion promoter called Vestamelt® Hylink.
Metal-matrix composite (MMC) castings are not new, of course: aluminum or other metal alloy parts are embedded with ceramic elements that give the finished part determinable qualities of material strength or heat resistance, overall or just in the location where those enhanced characteristics are needed. But it’s a complex process, difficult to execute, and expensive. Lately, design and (especially) commercial factors are gaining some precedence over process and material ...
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