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.
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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