Injection Molded Disk Drive Frame
Original Publication Date: 1985-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
All the features of this frame are molded as a finished part and require no secondary operation. The frame is more resilient than a weldment or casting and helps to isolate the file from shock and vibration and has withstood a 29G drop force. The structural foam frame gives a 20% reduction in weight versus a die cast frame not including the savings of the molded latch. The structural foam frame 1 supports file 2 which is shock-mounted and secured in the frame with four thread- forming screws 3. The file and frame, when assembled, are easily installed by means of the molded handles 4. When installed, the frame pivots on the pins 5 for servicing. The frame is held in the closed or operating position by the molded latch 6, which hooks over the latch post 7.