Browse Publications Technical Papers 2004-01-0016
2004-03-08

An Examination of Blow Molding as an Alternative to Injection Molding for PC/ABS Automotive Interior Impact Components 2004-01-0016

PC/ABS blends have been used with much success in energy management applications for the last 10 years. These systems are typically injection molded; however as blow molding technology advances, a re-examination of applicable applications is warranted. The attributes of the two molding techniques will be compared in a technical manner to illustrate which process delivers the most cost effective solution for automotive interior impact components. Material morphology and property consistency, energy management capability, weight savings, and total systems costs will be explored. Both fabrication techniques will be examined using FEA simulations to demonstrate energy management and weight savings. High magnification microscopy will depict part microstructure for both techniques, illustrating differences in morphology and rubber phase orientation in PULSE* Polycarbonate-Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Blends (PC/ABS). Production and tooling costs will be compared, in addition to dimensional stability and tolerance consistency. The paper will attempt to further the understanding as to the pros and cons of each process.

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