RocTool presents three new applications at K 2013
By K Advisor Staff | October 2, 2013
RocTool, a designer, developer and marketer under licensing of its innovative processes for fast molding of composites, plastic injection and other technologies, will conduct demonstrations and showcase parts at the RocTool Stand (Hall 15/Stand C41), with a hybrid demonstration at the Engel stand (Hall 15/B42).
These latest technologies take into account the requirements of the leading electronics, automotive and luxury cosmetic industries, while offering superior surface appearance and reduced wall thickness, all at a mass-production cost, says the firm. The three technologies showcased at K will, RocTool states, “open new fields and opportunities for mass production and customization.”
In-mold decoration (IMD) is now possible with RocTool technologies and the company will present parts combining RocTool technologies with the “D-IMD” (Digital In-Mold Decoration) from the start-up company Zomazz. According to RocTool’s information “the surface quality is amazing and scratch resistance is enhanced." Combining the two processes allows new opportunities in the gaming and automotive markets, responding to demand for new mass customization.
RocTool speeds things up on the Engel stand by enabling the molding of hybrid parts consisting of a reinforced carbon-fiber composite part overmolded with an injection molded thermoplastic. This combines the advantages of both materials without specific finishing.
“Our hybrid technology is the only one on the market that can produce carbon parts at such a high rate,” said Alexandre Guichard, RocTool’s CEO in a prepared release. “This live demonstration will produce 400 over-molded parts per day and is a must see on the Engel stand.”
RocTool (www.roctool.com) will also be producing and presenting plastic injection molded electronic tablet housings on their stand, reaching records in terms of thickness: 0.8 mm. “We are currently the only company that is able of producing electronic housings using engineering plastics with fiber content that do not require painting, and their thickness is less than 1 mm,” Guichard stated. “With parts so thin, the weight reduction and material savings are huge.”