Material Answers provides engineering solutions to
difficult and unique problems.
Material Answers executes conceptual and detailed
designs of specialized equipment.
Novel processing operations are designed through sound
engineering on the basis of the fundamentals of
machine design, fluid flow, and heat transfer.
Optimization of Thermoforming
A polymer resin manufacturer needed to improve the processing
robustness of their product in the hands of numerous customers
with widely varying deep-draw thermoforming operations.
We characterized the rheological behavior of the polymer
under flow conditions typically used in thermoforming and
utilized this information in a finite element simulation
of a representative production process.
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The Recirculating Screw Mixer
The recirculating screw mixer was invented and built for
mixing of laboratory size samples (10 cc) in a
well defined flow field.
It has been used for compounding of blends and
composites as well as flow visualization studies.
more on the RSM...
The Micro-RIM Machine
The micro-RIM machine was designed for laboratory
scale investigations of the reaction injection molding
process. With a shot size appropriate for
injection into analytical equipment, it can be used
for real-time exploration of RIM materials and processes.
more on micro-RIM...