The following items were reported by assistant managing editor Bill Henson from the National Design Engineering Show, held March 18-21 in Chicago.
Chardon, Ohio-based Enpac Corp. has developed a companion to its standard 95-gallon salvage drum in the Econopop Poly-Overpack.
Constructed of polyethylene, the 49-pound drum features a twist-down lid and large grab handles.
It has a 95-gallon capacity, an oval diameter of 31 inches and is 42 inches in height.
The drums, which can be nested when empty and stacked during transportation, are designed for spill kit assembly, in-plant drum storage and transportation and storage of hazardous solids.
Tel. (800) 566-1199.
3D Systems launches Actua commercially
3D Systems Corp. announced the commercial launch of its new concept modeler, the Actua 2100.
The network-ready machine is 54 inches wide by 34 inches deep and 52 inches high. It allows the production of three-dimensional models of designs as large as 10 inches by 8 inches by 8 inches.
The Actua 2100 requires no special services or facilities and supports a variety of platforms, according to the Valencia, Calif., company. It uses a multijet process to build models of a thermoplastic material contained in a sealed cartridge.
Tel. (805) 295-5600.
Pivot Point offering 100% nylon lanyard
Pivot Point Inc. of Hustisford, Wis., is marketing a nylon lanyard for light-duty applications.
The one-piece, molded retainer has an eyelet at one end that can be attached to a fixed object with a screw. A snap loop at the opposite end can be anchored to a fastener.
The lanyard is made of 100 percent nylon 6/6 and offers significant savings over traditional lanyards made from aircraft cable, according to the company.
Tel. (414) 349-3251.
DuPont demonstrates its Krytox lubicant
DuPont Co. has introduced a dry film fluoropolymer-based lubricant that will not attract contaminants such as dust.
Krytox is the Wilmington, Del., company's latest product in its high-performance lubricant line.
DuPont says Krytox provides corrosion protection, air dries without smearing and can be used for plastic-on-metal or metal-on-metal connections.
Tel. (800) 441-9503.
Caster wheel holds up to 1,200 pounds
Darnell Corp. offers its ``advanced elastomer wheel'' in diameters of 3 inches to 8 inches, with load capacities of 400-1,200 pounds per wheel.
The caster wheel is produced by the City of Industry, Calif., company from a custom compounded urethane elastomer.
It is completely solid and provides good cold and heat resistance, according to Darnell.
Tel. (818) 912-1688.
New TPEs used in Stratasys prototypes
Stratasys Inc. has added a line of thermoplastic elastomers as modeling materials for use with its rapid prototyping systems, including the Eden Prairie, Minn., firm's new FDM 1650.
Designed for the office environment, the 1650 provides speed improvements of three times over earlier FDM systems and can produce fully functional prototypes made of ABS, according to the company.
Stratasys also introduced its Genisys 3D printer, which permits the production in minutes of plastic polymer models as large as 8 inches by 8 inches by 8 inches.
Tel: (612) 937-3000.