Your prototype should look good – but does it also feel good?
In order to achieve tactile series readiness as well, we can work with integral foam to produce arm rests, for example. Integral foam is ideal due to its abrasion-resistant, tear-resistant, precisely formed surfaces and soft core. The use of a wide range integral foams makes it easy to adjust its properties. Hardness and chemical resistance (to oils and greases) are just one example.
A high level of flexibility is provided by back-foaming, another process whereby a casting skin (film, textile or casting) is back-foamed in an enclosed mould with PUR foam, making it possible to produce both dimensionally stable and softer components. The surface is very good and is capable of taking on a wide range of structures.
Back-foaming not only produces components that feel good - aspects such as ergonomics, injury prevention, soundproofing and shock absorbance can all likewise be taken into account.
No wonder then, that this process is used to produce many interior components of passenger vehicles.