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.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
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