PolyMetal research results presented at PLASTIC GEARS CONFERENCE 2021

At the Plastic Gears Conference 2021, which will take place in Slovenj Gradec on 17-18 June at FTPO, Silvester Bolka/ FTPO will present results of research carried out by the project partners within the project PolyMetal. He will give a presentation on June  17th on  "Effect of Compatibilizers on Surface Roughness,  Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Thermoplastic Composites with High Thermal Conductivity".


PolyMetal Workshop: "Thermally conductive Materials & Testing of Thermal Conductivity" Review

On 10 February 2021, another online workshop on the topic "Thermally conductive materials & Testing of Thermal Conductivity" took place as part of the project PolyMetal. Due to the highly interesting topic, the workshop brought almost 70 participants from Slovenia, Austria, Italy, US and Germany with experts from companies 3M Advanced Materials Division, C3 Prozess- und Analysentechnik GmbH and The hydrogen and fuel cell center ZBT GmbH together. The participating project partners as well as representatives from research and industry used the opportunity to expand their knowledge through the presentations and discussions with the lecturing experts and to extend their cross-border network.


PolyMetal: Compounds with higher thermal conductivity

A video shows how compounds with higher thermal conductivity are produced within the project PolyMetal at FTPO in Slovenj Gradec.


PolyMetal: New Demonstrator Samples produced

On 15th October 2020 the partners of Hiebler (Stefan) and PCCL (Roman) met at FTPO (Maja, Teja, Silvo) in Slovenj Gradec. Stefan  brought  the at Hiebler newly created demonstrator tool inserts "PolyMetal Map" with 3 different surface roughness with him.  With these new inserts we processed on the injection moulding machine of FTPO  sample parts with different versions of PP with 50% of boron nitride (BN). FTPO_Meeting_102020.png


New PolyMetal showroom established at FTPO

In September 2020 the showroom of project PolyMetal was set up in the processing laboratory at FTPO.
The description of the achivements of PolyMetal project are described and the prototypes and demonstrators are exhibited.
The project PolyMetal project will be presented to all visitors from industry and research institutions.

If you are interested to visit us and get more informations about the project, please contact Maja Mesl maja.mesl@ftpo.eu or visit our website /polymetal-en/  and Linkedin group. https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13740430/



Research Activities

“PolyMetal's project team is currently working on the investigation of the surface roughness of injection molded parts.
The main research topic is whether the surface roughness of the injection molded part has the same roughness as the
surface of the injection mold applied. Another topic is, does the surface roughness of the molded parts change when
different thermoplastic polymers are processed or will it remain the same?”


PolyMetal Workshop: Thermally Conductive Materials Review

On June 18th 2020, the online workshop "Thermally conductive materials" took place within the project PolyMetal. Because of the Covid 19 situation, the event was organized as an online workshop via Microsoft teams. Despite severely restrictions, the workshop brought together almost 40 participants from Slovenia, Austria and Italy, with experts from the company COVESTRO from Germany. The workshop was mainly organized by the partners Montanuniversität Leoben and Faculty of Polymer Technology. Dr. Grote and Dr. Hungerland presented "New Ways to manage heat enabled by thermally conductive MAKROLON® polycarbonate - Macrolon® TC.


Visit of the K-Fair in Düsseldorf

Within the work package T2 the project partners of PolyMetal visited the K-Fair to inform themselves about the latest trends and available materials, technologies,... and to establish new contacts to companies and research institutions which are active in this field.



State of the art Reports on processing technologies and materials to achieve optical and haptic properties of Metals

In the first project year, the project PolyMetal mainly focused on research of possible processing technologies and materials, with which we could achieve polymers that look and feel like metal.   

For knowledge transfer and know how building to other research institutions and companies, these reports: „State of the art Materials for increasing the thermal conductivity of plastics“ and „State of the art: Manufacturing processes for plastic components with metallic surfaces“ are available now.


PolyMetal Conference Review

On 13th of november 2018 the "PolyMetal Conference: “Look and Feel like Metals, but design flexibility of plastics: New aspects of polymers and metalpolymer composites " took place at FTPO in Slovenj Gradec. The event was organized by the partners Faculty of Polymer Technology (FTPO, Slovenia) and Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL, Austria). The conference offered essential knowledge regarding fundamentals, visual and haptic aspects as well as thermal conductivity to master the challenges of developing and producing of polymer parts that look and feel like metal.

More than 70 participants from R&D and industry from Slovenia and Austria attended the event. They were very enthusiastic about the top quality presentations and also used the coffee breaks and lunch for intensive discussions with the experts and other participants to network.


Visit of the Fakuma in Friedrichshafen

The PolyMetal project team visited the FAKUMA fair in Friedrichshafen, where more than 2.000 exhibitors from the polymer industry were presenting their products, development, … The project partners were looking for ideas and materials, technologies needed for the research conducted within the project.


PolyMetal workshop of the consortium at HSR in Rapperswil Switzerland

On Thurstday, 18th of October 2018 the project team of PolyMetal met at  IWK Institute (Institut für Werkstofftechnik und Kunststoffverarbeitung) at HSR in Rapperswill. Prof. dr. Frank Ehrig, the Chair of the Institute, presented the work of the Institute and its laboratories. The focus of his presentation was their work on the topic Polymer materials and technologies for products that look and feel like metal, which is the research topi cof the PolyMetal project. After the workshop with presentation and sharing of know-how, the project team had a consortium project meeting at the institute.





Design flexibility of plastics, but look and feel like metals: PolyMetal successful crossboarder cooperation

Further recommended events


29. Leobener Kunststoff-Kolloquium postponed to 15_16/09/2021