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Laser Technique Binds Aluminum with Plastic in Injection Molding

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DRESDEN, Germany, Sept. 13, 2018 — As developers in the automotive and airline industries push to make more efficient vehicles, they are looking for new and innovative ways to design sturdy, lightweight machines. Designing lightweight materials, however, requires carefully joining together different types of materials like metals and polymers, and these additional steps drive up manufacturing costs. New work in laser technology recently increased the adhesion strength of metal-plastic hybrid materials. This image shows SEM images of (a) aluminum swarfs at the edges of the continuous wave laser structure and (b) remaining...Read full article

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