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Old 08-27-2014, 02:49 PM   #626
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The splitter will be powdercoated aluminum. We make splitters for the 02-07 cars and haven't had a single issue with noise or damage. I suspect that what you've seen is from other manufacturers!

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Hopefully you're right! Thanks
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:39 PM   #627
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. The splitter will be powdercoated aluminum. We make splitters for the 02-07 cars and haven't had a single issue with noise or damage. I suspect that what you've seen is from other manufacturers!
Just curious, what are the benefits of using aluminum over plastic? I fell like plastic wouldn't cost as much and be easier to use
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:49 PM   #628
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Just curious, what are the benefits of using aluminum over plastic? I fell like plastic wouldn't cost as much and be easier to use
Sure! Plastic would require a different method of construction - probably multiple plastic injection molds for each part. Given that there will be a few different fitments of splitters, that ends up being a relatively large tooling cost. We've done a ton of work with sheet metal cutting and forming and have always found it to be a great way to make really nice parts at a reasonable cost.

I should note that the 'other' splitter is made of steel, which is much heavier than it needs to be. Despite being larger, ours will be substantially lighter.

Good question though, it's definitely something that we've discussed, along with other crazy options. In the end, we opted to keep it simple, low risk and cost effective.

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Old 08-28-2014, 09:35 AM   #629
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That's exactly right! We use Solidworks, our FARO arm and our 3D printer heavily during the design/development process.

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Thats what I thought. You guys definitely use your resources. I work for a SOLIDWORKS reseller out of NY and I am so intrigued with all of the car related companies that use it. Cant wait until you get this project finished. I am waiting to get a TMIC and yours will be the one I purchase without a doubt, along with a handful of other goodies that you make.

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Old 08-28-2014, 08:31 PM   #630
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Sure! Plastic would require a different method of construction - probably multiple plastic injection molds for each part. Given that there will be a few different fitments of splitters, that ends up being a relatively large tooling cost. We've done a ton of work with sheet metal cutting and forming and have always found it to be a great way to make really nice parts at a reasonable cost.

I should note that the 'other' splitter is made of steel, which is much heavier than it needs to be. Despite being larger, ours will be substantially lighter.

Good question though, it's definitely something that we've discussed, along with other crazy options. In the end, we opted to keep it simple, low risk and cost effective.

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Awesome, makes a lot of sense, I didn't even give thought to the multiple fitments, thanks for explaining!
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