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A two-piece compartment box having a clip.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000190535D
Publication Date: 2009-Dec-03
Document File: 1 page(s) / 97K

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Abstract

A two-piece compartment box having a molded in clip is provided. The molded in clip improves appearance, reduces cost and shortens assembly time of current two-piece compartment boxes by eliminating screws or other metallic fasteners. The molded clip facilitates the assembly of the compartment box by fastening the parts together using a snap-fit engagement as opposed to screws. Specifically, a clip is fitted with a clip receiver. Each clip consists of a generally elongated member having a step feature. The clips are made of a resilient material. Each clip-receiver has a raised feature forming a hole that engages the step feature of the clip. (See Fig. 1) The two piece compartment box has several clip-receivers and clips on each piece of the box. The clips and clip-receivers are positioned so that when the two pieces are pushed together, the clips engage respective clip-receivers to fasten the two pieces together. (See Fig 2) Once it is assembled, the entire compartment box will be fastened to the vehicle by one or more fasteners through a body panel so that no screws or other fasteners are visible.

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Title:

A two-piece compartment box having a clip.

Description:

     A two-piece compartment box having a molded in clip is provided. The molded in clip improves appearance, reduces cost and shortens assembly time of current two- piece compartment boxes by eliminating screws or other metallic fasteners. The molded clip facilitates the assembly of the compartment box by fastening the parts together using a snap-fit engagement as opposed to screws. Specifically, a clip is fitted with a clip receiver.

     Each clip consists of a generally elongated member having a step feature. The clips are made of a resilient material. Each clip-receiver has a raised feature forming a hole that engages the step feature of the clip. (See Fig. 1)

     The two piece compartment box has several clip-receivers and clips on each piece of the box. The clips and clip-receivers are positioned so that when the two pieces are pushed together, the clips engage respective clip-receivers to fasten the two pieces together. (See Fig 2) Once it is assembled, the entire compartment box will be fastened to the vehicle by one or more fasteners through a body panel so that no screws or other fasteners are visible.

Unique Features:

• The clip features provide for a strongly constructed compartment box without screws or other metal fasteners.

• The clip features provide for a clean and...