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 Tokyo company, Miraisens Inc., has unveiled a device that allows users to move virtual 3D objects around and "feel" them via a vibration sensor. The device has many applications within the gaming, medical, and 3D-printing industries.
In the last few years, use of CFD in building design has increased manifolds. Computational
fluid dynamics is effective in analyzing the flow and thermal properties of air within spaces. It can be used in buildings to find the best measures for comfortable temperature at low energy use.
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