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2000-03-06

Investigation of Thermoforming as a Method of Manufacturing Plastic Air Intake Manifolds 2000-01-0045

Current plastic intake manifolds are manufactured using the injection molding process. In this paper, thermoforming is explored as an alternative to injection molding for making intake manifold shells, which can then be joined by one of the welding techniques used for thermoplastic materials. The investigation reported here includes press-forming experiments of a simple bowl shaped shell and subsequent welding experiments to join these shells.

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