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How is MicroCare Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Dear customers, colleagues and friends,The MicroCare COVID-19 task force continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. This is a rapidly changing condition that is impacting countries, states and cities differently. Our team is making decisions based on the most recent information provided by the CDC, WHO, and local public health agencies and government officials, while keeping…

What are good HCFC-225 Replacements?

The phase-out of the last major ozone-depleting solvent, HCFC-225, is underway. HCFCs were a “transitional chemistry” to ease industry’s conversion from old-style ozone-depleting solvents to ozone-safe cleaners. Made by Asahi, HCFC-225 is marketed under names including “AK-225” and “AsahiKlean.”AK-225 is widely used as a carrier fluid, a defluxer, a metal degreaser, and to purge oxygen…

What is MIM?

MIM, or Metal Injection Molding, is a metalworking process where finely-powdered metal is mixed with binder materials to create a 'feedstock' that is then formed and hardened using injection molding. The MIM process allows high volume, intricate parts to be shaped in a single step.Materials advances in MIM technology allow manufacturers to produce large quantities…

How Can I Monitor My Workers' Exposures to Solvent Fumes?

Fumes from some nPB-based cleaning fluids can be hazardous if there is significant over-exposure to the fumes. Monitoring the fumes is an important part of a company’s worker safety program. The hazards associated with n-propyl bromide vary by the extent of the exposure. Short-term over-exposure can lead to skin and eye irritation, dizziness or headaches. Long-term tests show…

What is the Best nPB Replacement?

nPB is an abbreviation for “Normal Propyl Bromide” or “1-bromo-propane” indicated by the CAS #‎106-94-5 on Safety Data Sheets. This nonflammable fluid is a powerful cleaner with a low global warming potential. It is used as an alternative to CFC-113, methyl chloroform, hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and perfluorocarbons (PFCs) in many critical cleaning, drying, carrier fluid and…

How do smoothing fluids work?

Today over 80% of 3D printed parts are made using thermoplastic or thermoset polymers. Metals, ceramics and other composite materials comprise the other 20%.  Plastic 3DP parts are manufactured using any variety of 3D printing methods including FFF, DLP, SLA or material jetting processes. Common to all these methods is that the parts are created…