06127021 is referenced by 11 patents and cites 10 patents.

According to one aspect of the invention, a multi-layer automotive interior trim panel (10) comprises a decorative covering layer (12) and a supportive substrate layer (16). The substrate layer (16) is comprised of a rigid material formed into a predetermined shape for supporting the covering layer. The trim panel also includes an intermediate layer (18) disposed between the covering layer and the supportive substrate layer comprised of cushioning material. The intermediate layer includes a mat (20) of polymeric fibers, with the mat having a plurality of indentations (24) to provide a cushioning effect. A corresponding method for producing the interior trim panel having the three layers includes several steps. The first step is heating the cushion layer (18) to a predetermined temperature. The second step is melting a portion of the polymeric fibers in the cushion layer. The third step is stamping the cushion layer to form the plurality of indentations (24). The next step is adhering the cushion layer (18) to the covering layer (12) and the support layer (16) to form the trim panel (10).

Title
Material system for soft interior automotive parts
Application Number
9/108352
Publication Number
6127021
Application Date
July 1, 1998
Publication Date
October 3, 2000
Inventor
Josh Kelman
Rochester
MI, US
Agent
Reising Ethington Barnes Kisselle Learman & McCulloch P C
Assignee
Textron Automotive Company
MI, US
IPC
B27N 3/10
B60J 5/00
B32B 3/00
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