OK, bending takes the material over a rounded edge,
but there is "extra material" at rounded corners.
So, how are the compound corners handled?
You may have noticed that the piece around the shift knob has a split near the dash. We couldn't understand why until I realized that the shift console has a compound surface. So the only way to get it to lie properly was to have the split. We had to move the long piece above the glove box down just far enough to not interfere with opening and to avoid the curved edge on the top line as the top edge of the piece was too thick to curve to the panel edge and would stick out. As for the rest of the pieces they are flexible enough to lie on the curved surfaces. The pieces with multiple holes like the dash center were so flexible as to be floppy and it took 2 of us, my wife and I, to keep them lined up.
The "extra" material at the bottom is a black stratum that the colored plastic lies on. We ordered 2 sets of samples before making our decision. The one we chose, SHBW, has the thickest black substrate of all the plastic samples we received (others: SJCW, SMBW, SBEW), but they are all thin to the eye. The SHBW worked well with the most visible pieces as it blends with the Leaf's black console plastic and the black in the plastic pattern tied to the black features in the Leaf helping it to look like a Leaf design with factory installation. The real wood pieces we received (RMBW, RRW, RPW) do not have this black strata- just wood and the 3M glue surface.
We attended the SD International Auto show yesterday and looked at the wood in the Mercedes and Lexus, which have gone very dark this model year. We came away feeling real good about how our Leaf compared now having a much richer and softer feel than black plastic.
I'll have the car at the S.D. Leaf meeting in Poway Jan. 7th, so if you’re interested you can see it there.
Leather is next!