This cottage may look like child’s play from the outside, but it actually showcases difficult molded-in decorative features that stretch the capabilities of low-pressure structural foam molding. Take the roof, for example. Horizon Plastics, which won the competition’s consumer products and people’s choice awards, molds the front and rear roof components out of foamed polypropylene and polyethylene, using aluminum tooling. According to Brian Read, Horizon’s president, structural foam was a natural choice given the size and durability requirements for the roof components. But it also allowed the part designers to include a heavy molded-in texture that simulates the look of cedar shakes.
For more information on low-pressure structural foam, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4927-532.
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.