Honeycomb Board Auto Options

Honeycomb Board Auto Options

Mexico-based Fynotej is debuting various automotive applications for new ThermHex honeycomb technology from its partner, Belgium’s EconCore, at the NPE2018 Plastics Show. Fynotej is showing off its line of honeycomb boards, branded as Fynocore boards, which include thermally bonded, in-line skins. They are being sold as either solid PP sheets or with a non-woven surface […]

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ParaMatters Joins Techniplas Lightweight Design Program

ParaMatters Joins Techniplas Lightweight Design Program

Automotive product design and manufacturing company Techniplas recently announced a partnership with lightweighting software-design firm ParaMatters to bring that company into Techniplas’ open innovation program. ParaMatters will add a new cognitive design platform, intended to automatically generate additive manufacturing of high-performance, lightweight structures, to the Techniplas program. This will further advance Techniplas’ evolving Prime expanded […]

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Automating New Joining Technologies for Lightweight Materials

Automating New Joining Technologies for Lightweight Materials

Ongoing efforts to reduce vehicle weight by OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) create the requirement for new and innovative methods of joining in body-in-white (BIW) assembly systems. This article will discuss some of the challenges of integrating advanced joining processes into an automated production system based on our experience with such work at Comau, a member […]

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Material Card Data: The Foundation of Product Development

Material Card Data: The Foundation of Product Development

A critical and often underappreciated factor in successful product development programs is the availability and validity of material card information. The term “material card” refers to the collection of input data that design engineers must enter into their simulation programs prior to modeling their designs. As the level of complexity of the design exercise increases, […]

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GMC Sierra Goes on a Diet

GMC Sierra Goes on a Diet

By on April 11, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

Starting with its 2019 model, the GMC Sierra’s pickup box will be made of lightweight carbon fiber. Called CarbonPro, the box is more than 60 pounds lighter than previous steel versions. In addition, GM says CarbonPro will increase efficiency and durability. “In 116 years of making GMC pickup trucks, our industry-first carbon-fiber box is the […]

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New LIFT Machining Facility

New LIFT Machining Facility

Detroit’s Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) manufacturing institute and Michigan’s Heller Machine Tools revealed a plan to invest $1.5 million in a five-axis Heller FP 6000-based machining facility at LIFT’s Lightweight Innovation Acceleration Center in Detroit. The goal of the new facility is to develop new machining techniques for lightweight materials used in a variety […]

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Novelis Aluminum for the Electric Taxi

Novelis Aluminum for the Electric Taxi

By on March 20, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

Novelis Inc., a major supplier of aluminum rolled products and recycler of aluminum, announced it would be supplying premium aluminum products for the London EV Company’s (LEVC) new TX electric taxi. The TX electric taxi is a brand-new, zero-emissions capable cab built on an aluminum frame in the U.K. The aluminum frame has lightweight aluminum […]

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Lighter Pickups

Lighter Pickups

By on March 10, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

According to a recent report on Trucks.Com, the lightweighting trend has deeply impacted the pickup truck universe this year. As the report makes clear, a series of popular pickups weighed less when their newest models debuted earlier this year at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. The 2019 Ram 1500 pickup from Fiat Chrysler […]

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Car Door Life Cycle Assessment

Car Door Life Cycle Assessment

SABIC, a Saudi Arabia-based petrochemical manufacturer, released results of its 2018 life-cycle assessment of car side doors manufactured using hybrid materials. Among these materials were laminates with SABIC’s continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite (CFRTC), the UDMAX™ GPP 45-70 tape, which was designed to improve compliance with energy and emissions regulations. The assessment compared the side door […]

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EVs Demand Aluminum

EVs Demand Aluminum

By on February 19, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS

An analysis by the mining-and-metals industry intelligence firm CRU calculates that aluminum demand from the production of electric vehicles (EVs) will near 10-million tons globally by 2030. The report emphasizes that EVs rely heavily on aluminum-intensive extrusions and rolled products as compared to traditional internal combustion engine vehicles. The report forecasts that global battery-electric (BEV), […]

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