What's all this talk about plastic bodies?

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whumber Senior Member • Posts: 2,724
Re: What's all this talk about plastic bodies?

Gnine wrote:

cba_melbourne wrote:

Why do you think the better laptop computers pride themselves having a metal chasssis? Why do people buy them? Phones with one piece metal chassis... etc. Think about it.

Perception and reality are two very different things. Take a look at high end supercars. F1. High end bicycles. Engineered plastics are superior, when you're pushing the limits. A lot of the manufacturers simply aren't willing to invest in the new technologies, and are happy to push the old bigger and heavier is obviously better and stronger line, and keep producing the same old same old.

There's a world of difference though between composite materials and just straight plastic. You're not going to find any F1 or high end bicycle structural components made out of just plastic. Plastics are great because you can very easily manufacture them with very high precision in a highly automated process. Composites are not nearly as easy to manufacture and require significantly more engineering to tailor the layup schedule correctly.

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