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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Shearline champions Thixotropic moulding process

The Engineer
March 28, 2011

The thixotropic process is gaining ground for its ability to create strong yet light magnesium parts for a range of applications. Dave Wilson reports

Despite the fact it is a method widely used to manufacture housings for mobile phones and portable computers in the Far East, engineers in the UK would be forgiven for being unfamiliar with ’thixotropic moulding’.

However, as product designers become more aware of the versatility of the process to produce lightweight, strong, complex moulded magnesium parts, this could soon change. Many may soon be considering the use of magnesium alloy parts as a replacement for those made from engineering plastics and die-cast magnesium and aluminium alloys.


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