Apple Rubber recommends an integrated design methodology for sealing and filtering. "Customers often present us with sealing challenges that can be best met using non-traditional solutions," says Christopher Chiodo, engineer manager, Apple Rubber Products. "A Filter Seal is a custom sealing solution that combines two functions (filtering and sealing) into one part." With this approach, a single component replaces specifying, purchasing and installing as many as three or more separate parts. The custom designed combination uses a variety of elastomers to provide the sealing function. In addition, a range of fabrics with numerous mesh weave patterns can be molded with an elastomer to provide the filter. For more information on Apple Rubber's Filter Seal, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4933-525.
A new method of modeling how they are created with chemical vapor deposition (CVD) could reduce the cost of carbon nanostructures used for for research and commercial applications, including advanced sensors and batteries.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
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