Celcon(reg) M90(TM) acetal copolymer is used in motorized automotive seat belt height adjusters. The cylindrical speed-reducing transmission is 1.44 inches in diameter, weighs 1.5 oz, and consists of 14 injection-molded acetal gears. Celcon acetal provides fatigue endurance, dimensional stability, wear resistance, hardness, strength, stiffness, and resistance to lubricants.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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