BMW Kidneys

BMW’s  most enduring styling element, spanning eight decades, is demonstrated in this recollection. Photography- Steve Ham

EGM White Paper

Measuring In-Mold Pressures with the External Gas Molding Process (2006) Jim Hendry, Brian Brookshaw, and Kamal Vinning  – Cinpres Gas Injection Steve Ham – Steve Ham Plastics Abstract External Gas Molding (EGM) is an emerging…

Design for Function (White Paper)

STRUCTURAL PLASTICS- DESIGN FOR FUNCTION Steve Ham Steve Ham Plastics, Highlands, North Carolina Abstract A methodology in producing highly functional designs is discussed. The family of injection molding processes referred to as Structural Plastics offers…

Starship

Beechcraft Starship Model 2000 Starship Role Executive transport Manufacturer Beechcraft Designer Beechcraft First flight February 15, 1986 Status In limited use Produced 1983–1995 Number built 53 Unit cost US$ 3.9 million The Beechcraft Starship is…

Froneberger House

She is officially The “Froneberger House” circa 1892 …………. We usually just call it “Our House”. She is a grand old Victorian and has also been called: Smith/Cralle House The Old Froneberger House LyonWood The…

Eli Terry- Father of American Manufacturing

Antique Timepieces, American Manufacturing, and Clock Dating Chart America’s manufacturing expertise found its humble beginnings in the clock workshops of Eli Terry of Plymouth Connecticut at the turn of the nineteenth century. It was a…

Mercedes 190E 2.3-16

Hambone’s Benz- A 1986 Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 Company Car Cosworth “Twin-Cam” Engine – Factory Installed European Sedan Series Champ- 83, 84, 85, 86 Endurance Speed Record Holder- 154.06mph for 50,000 km. Factory Image Car for…

Structural Foam

Structural Foam molding has been around since the sixties but remains unknown to many product designers. It is a way to injection mold very large parts. Traditional thermoplastic resins are used along with a blowing…

Gas Assisted Injection Molding

Gas Assisted Injection Molding was one of the fastest growing new injection molding technologies in the 1990’s. And yet, less than 20% of all currently active injection molding machines are equipped with this feature. Here’s…

Design Guidelines

Piece part designers must have an understanding of the molding process being employed.  Design for function and optimization require that every potential benefit of a given resin/process be exploited. At the same time there are…