NORWALK, CONN. - A series of Parts in Minutes polyurethanes that set in less than two minutes and produce prototypes that simulate the performance of thermoplastics has been introduced by Ciba-Geigy Corp.'s Formulated Materials Group in East Lansing, Mich. The new PUs for rapid prototyping are low-viscosity systems designed for use with automated dispensing equipment and low-cost tooling. With their extremely fast gel times, the materials permit demolding of durable parts in less than 10 minutes.
The diverse performance characteristics of the PUs allow prototypers to choose a system that closely resembles the thermoplastic being used for an end-product. Ciba is in Norwalk.
Plastec USA signs deal with Maguir
Plastec USA, a major equipment and materials distributor to plastics markets in Latin America, has signed an agreement with Maguire Products Inc. to sell and service the company's line of gravimetric blenders, powder and pellet feeders, and liquid color pumps.
Maguire announced the deal Feb. 13 at Plastics Fair Dallas.
Plastec, headquartered in Miami, will provide sales, technical service and spare parts in all countries from Mexico through Central and South America, except for Brazil.
The company also will distribute for Maguire in Puerto Rico.
Maguire operates two manufacturing facilities in Media, Pa. The company supplies gravimetric blenders and liquid color pumps and also manufactures auger feeders, color loaders and related equipment.
Reis Machines Inc. has completed the expansion of its facilities in Elgin, Ill. The 20,000-square-foot expansion doubles the company's capacity to make its turnkey, electric servo-drive, industrial robots used in material handling, palletizing, machine tending, welding and processing.
Prototype Express, a Schaumburg, Ill., maker of stereolithography prototype parts, recently moved to a new facility within Schaumburg. The company also added a DTM Corp. Sinterstation 2000 for Selective Laser Sintering. The company's new address is 1425 Payne Road, Schaumburg, Ill. 60173; tel. (708) 925-9900.
Johnston Industries' Tech Textiles USA Division, a manufacturer of composite reinforcement fabrics in Phenix City, Ala., changed its name to Johnston Industries Composite Reinforce-ments Inc. ... ITW Adhesives of Danvers, Mass., a maker of Plexus methacrylate adhesives, has changed its name to ITW Plexus. ... Cadillac Plastic in San Diego has moved to 7726 Trade St., Suite B, San Diego, Calif. 92121; tel. (619) 571-6970. ... Quantum Chemical Co. of Cincinnati has selected Polymerland in Huntersville, N.C., to sell its Petrothene polyethylene resins. ... Injection molding machine company Autojectors Inc. of Albion, Ind., has named George E. Smith Marketing Services of Simi Valley, Calif., as its West Coast representative. ... Indianapolis-based Compression Engineering, which helps customers shorten product development cycles, has changed its name to Compres-sion Inc. ... EVL Tool and Mold Co. Inc. of Worcester, Mass., has added continuous contact scanning to complement its blow mold business.