Plus+Tite inserts have superior pullout resistance in plastics and thin sheet metal, and they install into variable-thickness materials. The straight-shank design uses a small mounting hole, and the pre-bulbed version requires less installation force. (Source: PennEngineering)
Very comprehensive overview on the current state of fasteners, Ann. I'm curious at something you said at the end that design for disassembly was not really a big trend any more. That surprises me given all the requirements and focus on sustainability and environmental concerns. isn't design for disassembly part of that march to green design?
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
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