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.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
At the Design News webinar on June 27, learn all about aluminum extrusion: designing the right shape so it costs the least, is simplest to manufacture, and best fits the application's structural requirements.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.