Gas-assist molding was used to reduce warpage in this rocker molding on the current Honda Odyssey van. Gas assist relieves isolated stresses and provides even packing through the length of the part. Gas assist also eliminated sink marks to produce a Class A surface. A perfect color match is achieved through use of a thermoplastic olefin paint film, which provides an environmental benefit as well. It reduces emissions of volatile organic compounds and is recyclable. The part was designed and molded by Green Tokai Co. of Brookville, OH. The company also says that side-impact testing of the film-sheathed side sill outperforms conventional paint. The part is molded in a two-cavity family tool.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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