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Ford Pursuing Graphene for Lightweighting

By on February 16, 2019 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Ford Pursuing Graphene for Lightweighting

Graphene is being called a “miracle material.” It’s 200 times stronger than steel, highly conductive, an excellent sound barrier while at the same time flexible and thin. Ford is using graphene to improve underhood components that weigh less, have improved heat conductivity and diminish noise. Working with Tier I Eagle Industries and graphene supplier XG […]

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CMS North America Acquires DMS

By on February 14, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
CMS North America Acquires DMS

SCM Group, a leading Italian multinational company in machinery and industrial equipment, and parent company of Caledonia, Mich.-based CMS North America (CMSNA), took over Diversified Machine Systems (DMS), located in Colorado Springs, Colo. DMS designs, manufactures, distributes and services innovative CNC machinery, particularly for many plastics and composite materials applications. This acquisition will strengthen SCM […]

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Parameters Introduces CogniCAD 2.0

Parameters Introduces CogniCAD 2.0

ParaMatters, a generative design provider of autonomous topology optimization, parts consolidation and lightweighting software solutions, has released its second generation CogniCAD 2.0 platform. CogniCAD 2.0 is ParaMatters’ new holistic and agnostic generative design solution, building on its successful cloud-based, cognitive design and high-performance computational platform. CogniCAD 2.0 can automatically generate ready-to-3-D print, high-performance, lightweighted structures […]

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NREL Looks to the Past for Future Lightweighting

By on February 10, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
NREL Looks to the Past for Future Lightweighting

In an example of what’s old is new, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers traveled back in time to find a new way to produce acrylonitrile (ACN) from renewable sources. This would mean that instead of using petrochemicals to turn ACN into carbon fiber, biomass could be used—as was done at the turn of the […]

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ToPCat: New Swedish EV

By on February 9, 2019 in IN THE NEWS
ToPCat: New Swedish EV

Swedish car company Uniti is partnering with KW Special Projects (KWSP) on its new low-cost electric vehicle (EV), Uniti One. KWSP’s unique carbon-composite vehicle platform will be part of the new vehicle, named ToPCat. The platform offers lightweighting, thermal management and structural advantages. The carbon-composite chassis vehicle platform will cost a fraction of other methods. […]

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Novelis Aluminum in Jaguar EV

By on February 8, 2019 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Novelis Aluminum in Jaguar EV

Novelis, a leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, will supply its premium Novelis Advanz™ aluminum to the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE. This new addition to the Jaguar PACE family, and the carmaker’s first all-electric vehicle, features a strong and stiff lightweight aluminum construction to reduce weight and increase battery range up to 290 miles. The electric […]

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McLaren Made Speedtail Fast and Lightweight

McLaren Made Speedtail Fast and Lightweight

McLaren has introduced its first hyper-GT, the Speedtail. For all those sportscar lovers, it can reach 250 mph, accelerates to 186 mph in an impressive 12.8 seconds and is the company’s most powerful road car. Unless you have a very small family—it only has three seats—and $2 million, this might not be the vehicle for […]

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Fluorocarbons CAGR to Jump 3 Percent

By on November 18, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
Fluorocarbons CAGR to Jump 3 Percent

Expect the global fluorocarbon market to see a compound annual growth rate of more than 3 percent from 2018 to 2022. This according to Technavio, a market research company. One reason for the increase is the rising demand for lightweight materials, especially in the automotive industry. Fluorocarbons are used in air-conditioning and various automobile components, […]

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2018 Automotive Innovation Awards Hall of Fame

By on November 18, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, MATERIAL MATTERS
2018 Automotive Innovation Awards Hall of Fame

The first injection-molded thermoplastic (PC/PBT) rear energy absorber for a vehicle bumper system, used on the 2003 Honda Element compact crossover SUV, was named the 2018 Automotive Innovation Awards Hall of Fame winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®). The energy absorber, made with XENOY™ Polycarbonate/Polybutylene Terephthalate (PC/PBT) resin from […]

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UK Funding Lightweight-Vehicle Research

By on November 18, 2018 in IN THE NEWS, SUPPLY CHAINS
UK Funding Lightweight-Vehicle Research

The U.K.’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has earmarked more than $28 million for research into lightweight vehicles and powertrains. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will be at the forefront of this push toward lower-emission vehicles. BEIS minister Richard Harrington said, “These projects will make vital progress towards making electric vehicles lighter and […]

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