One-step SkinForm process went live at NPE2012


A novel one-step process that combines thermoplastics and reaction injection molded polyurethane in a two-cavity tool was demonstrated in a live operation for the first time outside Europe at NPE2012 in Orlando, FL last week.

KraussMaffei demonstrated its SkinForm process (called DirectSkinning by Bayer MaterialScience) on a CX 200-1400 hybrid injection molding machine coupled with a RimStar hybrid mixing and metering system for the polyurethane. That pairing targets automotive applications. When paired with the KraussMaffei all-electric EX Series, the process targets medical applications requiring cost-effective production of a soft, chemical resistant surface on a stiff substrate, such as polycarbonate....
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