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Design News released an article this week on the top five material trends of 2011. There were some interesting observations presented in the article that we wanted to share with our followers.
“The five most important materials trends of this past year enable volume manufacturing. They are concerned mostly with new alternative materials or processes. Volume may start out small, but the material or processes will likely spur high growth. The five areas the article looked at were additive manufacturing (AM), plastics, composites, metals, and recycling.
Several trends concern automotive manufacturing. Here, new materials and processes must not only meet regulations and cost objectives, but also must fit smoothly and easily into highly automated manufacturing processes without compromising them or slowing them down.”