This cover for the motor of Raymond Corp.’s 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 competition’s 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.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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