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Steering Pad for the Recreational Vehicle Industry

At ProCIM, we were recently contracted by a customer in the recreational vehicle industry to design and manufacture the custom steering pad shown here. It was necessary that the padding seamlessly cover the handle bar of a snowmobile, to effectively absorb impact and protect the driver in case of a collision. Our experts provided a thorough consultation to determine project parameters, suggesting design modifications and updates that were implemented into the final model. The mold was custom designed, simulated and refined utilizing the latest Cimatron CAD software. The single cavity Reaction Injection mold (RIM) was fabricated from 6160-T6 aluminum, machined employing our state of the art Kitamura CNC machining center. The mold was polished and given a textured finish according to customer specifications. Simultaneously, an additional four-cavity P-20 steel plastic injection mold was fabricated for the supplementary elements of the unit.

Comprehensive in-process and post production testing was carried out in order to ensure quality and integrity, utilizing portable Faro arm CMM equipment and standard tools. Dimensions of the closed mold were 10 1/2" x 14" x 17", and measurements of the finished polyurethane part were 5" x 9 3/4" x 13". The tightest tolerances of 0.001" were met across mold surfaces, and 0.0005" achieved on the sealing surfaces. Turnaround time for this project was 5 weeks, meeting the customer’s timeframe and expectations for quality. This mold produces 2500 steering pad units yearly. To learn more about this impact absorbing steering pad project, or more about our capabilities to provide innovative manufacturing solutions please see the table below or contact us directly.

Steering Pad for Recreational Vehicle Industry
Steering Pad for Recreational Vehicle Industry
Steering Pad
Steering Pad
Steering Pads for Recreational Vehicle
Steering Pads for Recreational Vehicle
Custom Steering Pad
Custom Steering Pad

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Steering Pad for the Recreational Vehicle Industry Project Highlights

Product Name
Impact Absorbing Steering Pad
Product Description
Polyurethane reaction injection mold (RIM) for an impact absorbing steering pad used on snowmobiles
Manufacturing Process
Mold design (CAD)

Machining of primary mold components
Fitting and assembly of mold
Equipment Used

CNC Machine:
Overall Dimensions
5" x 9 3/4" x 13"

Closed Mold:
10 1/2" x 14" x 17"
Sealing Surfaces:

Molding Surfaces:
Material Used
Part: Polyurethane

Mold: Aluminum 6160 – T6
Molding Area Finishing
Polishing/texturing as per customer requirements
In process testing/inspection performed
CMM – Portable FARO Arm
Standard measurement instruments
Industry for Use
Recreational vehicles
Production Volume
2500 pieces/year
Delivery Time
5 weeks

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