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.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.