Extol partners with HP to launch Digital Development Center™ for 3D printing

Extol partners with HP to launch Digital Development Center™ for 3D printing

Extol has launched a new Digital Development Center™ (DDC) to provide parts and engineering support to help customers develop high-value applications for additive manufacturing using HP Multi Jet Fusion technology.

How to determine the strength of a plastic staking joint

How to determine the strength of a plastic staking joint

UPDATED June 3, 2019. Originally published September 22, 2016. Design engineers often ask us, "How strong will my staked joint be?" Usually, they're designing a plastic assembly that needs to be staked, and they need to know how to design the part...

Getting nanoSTAKE on your next project

Getting nanoSTAKE on your next project

So, you've seen the new revolutionary nanoSTAKE technology and you are wondering how you can get it on your next plastic staking application. There are two great ways to do that. You can purchase a turnkey nanoSTAKE machine directly from Extol, or...

Start monitoring melt force to improve your hot-plate welding process

Start monitoring melt force to improve your hot-plate welding process

If you do any hot-plate welding, you should start monitoring melt force to improve your weld consistency and quality. Extol’s Rapid Conductor hot-plate welder is equipped standard with three servo-driven platens: the upper and lower press platens,...

New Enhanced Lamp Improves Performance of ISM20 InfraStake

New Enhanced Lamp Improves Performance of ISM20 InfraStake

Introduction InfraStake is a plastic staking technology that uses focused infrared energy to heat and form a plastic boss. For more information on InfraStake, please click here.

3 spin welding design mistakes to avoid

3 spin welding design mistakes to avoid

Spin welding is a pretty straightforward process. You spin one plastic component against another and the friction between them causes the material in the weld joint to melt. Even with a welding process this simple, it’s easy to make design mistakes...

Service beyond the machine

Service beyond the machine

About two years ago, Mark* (not his real name), a manufacturing engineer at AutoTrim* (not his actual company), was researching equipment to assemble a new, high-volume door panel they were hoping to win from an OEM. Mark recalled seeing a demo of...

A staking process for lighting and electronics

A staking process for lighting and electronics

How many times have you stared at a plastic staking machine and wondered how long of a cool time is necessary to prevent the material from sticking to the forming tool when it retracts? Will the settings need to be adjusted after the machine has...

How to reduce weight, space, and cost of a headliner assembly

How to reduce weight, space, and cost of a headliner assembly

What if I told you that you can reduce weight and space of a headliner assembly while attaching B-side headliner components? It must be expensive, right? Wrong. In one application, cost was reduced by $3.27 while saving 1.46 lbs and 1 mm of stack...

Discovering nanoSTAKE for the first time

Discovering nanoSTAKE for the first time

Several months ago, while spending some time in our Innovation Group, one of our company’s founders (or I can say engineers) asked me to come and take a look at something. Standing in our innovation area, Chip walks me over to a workbench where I...