Archive for April, 2018

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

By on April 11, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
GMC Sierra Goes on a Diet

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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