Overall product costs and part weight were reduced by conversion of this housing used in a microwave telecom application. Elimination of machined chips of an expensive nickel alloy was one part of the cost reduction. Another was a design that incorporated threaded posts that had been separate "stand-offs" with longer bolts. All eight threaded holes were molded into the part. Like other microelectronic devices used in telecommunications, this part needed to be sealed in a hermetic package. The molder, FloMet of DeLand, FL, went to sister company Teka Seal for a glass-to-metal sealing process that completes the part. Final nickel/gold plating was done through an outside contractor. Cost savings over the original wrought design were 60 percent. For more information on FloMet, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4933-516.
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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