This cover for the motor of Raymond Corp.ís 8000 Series pallet trucks has to fend off some bumps and bruises on the warehouse floor. And it has to look good while doing so. Mack Molding produces this rugged cover, which won the competitionís materials handling category,† from a structural foam molded thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). According to Michael Hansen, a senior development engineer for Mack, the elastomer goes through a water-based painting process that allows the part to flex without harming the glossy cosmetic surface.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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