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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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Sabic Introduces New Resins for LED Automotive Lighting

Sabic Introduces New Resins for LED Automotive Lighting

LEXAN™ HF4010SR resin is one of the new offerings. The polycarbonate (PC) material can make it possible for customers to develop complex headlight bezels with enhanced aesthetics.

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Applications Focus: Vacuum Impregnation Enables Lightweight Material Use

Applications Focus: Vacuum Impregnation Enables Lightweight Material Use

OEMs are redesigning parts and bringing vacuum impregnation systems in-house to meet the demand for aluminum in large part because the process eliminates the porosity inherent in aluminum castings.

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BMW: Arriving Prepared

BMW: Arriving Prepared

BMW pushes flexibility and advanced material composites as the automaker redesigns its future.
In addition to designing new assembly systems, the OEM is developing “future proof” platforms that can accept electric powertrains, combustion engines and hybrids.

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Ward’s Survey: Automakers Move Forward with Lightweighting Plans

Ward’s Survey: Automakers Move Forward with Lightweighting Plans

The 2017 Wards Auto survey suggests that automakers are moving forward with strategies to reduce vehicle weights and improve fuel efficiency. The auto industry competes in a global marketplace, and engineers continue to look for innovative lightweighting solutions.

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FCA, Toyota, Faurecia, AP&T Win Altair Lightweighting Awards

FCA, Toyota, Faurecia, AP&T Win Altair Lightweighting Awards

The winner of the Full Vehicle category was the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which is an impressive 249 pounds (113 kilograms) lighter than its predecessor. Toyota’s carbon fiber closure panels for the 2017 Prius Prime and Lexus LC500, and Faurecia’s Adaptive Valve for exhaust systems employed on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado took the top honors for the module category.

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Q&A with GM Expert on the Company’s Lightweighting Initiatives

Q&A with GM Expert on the Company’s Lightweighting Initiatives

Lightweighting World recently spoke with Charlie Klein, executive director, global CO2 and energy center for General Motors. The automaker has made significant strides in its nearly fleet-wide move to develop lighter vehicles.

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Reducing Cost and Waste When Purchasing Composites

Reducing Cost and Waste When Purchasing Composites

Ordering more composite material than you need for your production? Is your material expiring before you can use it? Does your material reach its maximum out time before you have completed the processing? There are many things to consider when buying time- and temperature-sensitive goods.

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Casting Ahead: Die-Cast Magnesium Gaining Favor

Casting Ahead: Die-Cast Magnesium Gaining Favor

When weighing material choices, the higher tooling costs of die-cast magnesium are offset by lower production costs, according to a report by Joe Petrillo, director of sales at Meridian. “Given that, die-casting magnesium becomes extremely cost effective.”

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