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Old 03-08-2013   #1
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Rotomolded vs. thermoformed Seats

I have been having an interesting conversation with a friend regarding the difference in safety between rotomolded and thermoformed (stamped) seats. There seems to be a perception that stamped seats are less structurally sound and therefore more inclined to fold in a pin/broach situation. However, there doesn't seem to be any data out there to support it. I would be most interested in hearing about any solid data regarding this but I suppose I would also be interested in hearing about any anecdotes or perceptions as I imagine that would affect production decisions as much as real data.

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I think it has more to do with the type of plastic, how thick it is, actual design of the seat, and how it hooks in with the center pilars. I think it has more to do with engineering of the seat than manufacturing process.
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