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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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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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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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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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Novelis Expands Aluminum Capabilities with Kentucky Investment

Novelis Expands Aluminum Capabilities with Kentucky Investment

Novelis Inc., a major player in aluminum rolling and recycling, has announced plans to build an approximately $300 million automotive aluminum sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Kentucky.

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Shape Corp Acquiring Aluminum Extruder Magnode

Shape Corp Acquiring Aluminum Extruder Magnode

Shape Corp. has come to terms on a purchase agreement to acquire Ohio-based aluminum extruder, Magnode. The deal comes after a successful business relationship between that two companies that included collaboration on engineering projects.

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Predicting the Future of Lightweight Vehicle Composites

Predicting the Future of Lightweight Vehicle Composites

To accelerate the development of new, economical long carbon fiber composites, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) worked with a team of leading experts to develop a series of engineering tools.

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Robots Frame New Car with Automotive Lightweighting

Robots Frame New Car with Automotive Lightweighting

Working with Comau SpA, Alfa Romeo created an innovative manufacturing strategy and assembly line of the future.

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New Extrusion Method Could Expand Magnesium in Lightweighting Vehicles

New Extrusion Method Could Expand Magnesium in Lightweighting Vehicles

The new process developed at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has the potential to reduce cost by eliminating the need for rare-earth elements, while simultaneously improving the material’s structural properties.

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