APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR BLIND-MATE ATTACHMENT
Publication Date: 2003-Feb-27
The IP.com Prior Art Database
An apparatus and method for blind-mate attachment is disclosed. The blind-mate panel interlock provides for attachment of a panel (such as a door trim panel) to a vehicle without the use of screws, bolts, rivets, or push-in fasteners (e.g., Christmas tree fasteners), or the like. Unlike known blind mate attachments, the insertion force for the present innovation is intended to be reduced without affecting the removal holding force of the panel. Disengagement of the panel may be provided by a small access hole that is concealable in the trim panel.