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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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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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Novelis Aluminum for the Electric Taxi

By on March 20, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Novelis Aluminum for the Electric Taxi

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

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

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

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

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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Lighter-Weight Porsche 911 GTS RS

Lighter-Weight Porsche 911 GTS RS

The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS gotten lots of attention for its racing chassis and four-liter, 520 horsepower engine. But, as is increasingly the case these days, the car was strategically designed and built to optimize lightweight construction techniques. As with the previous model, front and rear fascia are made from lightweight polyurethane. The front […]

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Recycling Plastic Parts

A recent report from the Plastics Industry Association has results from the first phase of the association’s End-of-Life (ELV) Recycling Demonstration Project. The project examines the viability of collecting and reprocessing plastic auto parts so that they can be recycled into other automotive applications. The project, which will continue into two more phases, looked at […]

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