Future of Sheet Molding Compound (Smc) Body Panels 891274
A large variety of technological advances in materials, processing, equipment and design developed recently help further enhance the use of SMC automotive body panels. These developments include: 1. low profile, fast-cure and easy-flow SMC pastes; 2. fast-cure adhesives and bonding techniques; 3. in- mold coating, vacuum molding and paste degassing; 4. fast moving and "forced-parallelism" short stroke molding presses with precise controls on pressure, time and speed; 5. design optimization for molded parts, tooling and processing; 6. simultaneous engineering; and 7. continuous flow and information intensive manufacturing. These technologies help improve surface quality, lower manufacturing cost and reduce development time of SMC parts.
J. L. Lai, George N. Hartt
5th International Pacific Conference on Automotive Engineering