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Engineering Plastics Design Guide - Part and Mold Design

Engineering Plastics Design Guide - Part and Mold Design

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Published by: Paweł Babul on May 20, 2012
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To lessen the need for fastening
hardware and reduce the number
of assembly operations, consider
consolidating the number of parts
in a given design. Closely scrutinize
your total design for opportunities to
combine function and reduce fnal
assembly count. By way of example,
fgure 4- shows several options for
attaching a gear to a shaft: a three-
piece design, featuring a shaft, gear,
and roll pin; a two-piece, snap-on
gear design; and a one-piece shaft and
gear design that needs no assembly.
A variety of factors — including
required strength, wear properties, and
moldability — determine which of these
design options is most feasible.

Consider design options that eliminate
or reduce the need for hardware. As
an example, fgure 4- shows several
examples of molded-in alternatives
to cable-guide hardware. Usually, the
cost savings in hardware and assembly
far exceed the added costs of mold
modifcation and materials.

Gear-to-Shaft

Figure 4-1

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