Previewing the September/October Issue of Lightweighting World

By on September 5, 2017 in BREAKING NEWS

Here is what you will be reading about in the latest edition of Lightweighting World – on press now and in the mail later this week:

ASSEMBLY SYSTEMS FEATURES FOR LIGHTWEIGHTING
Thinner layers and alternative materials lower vehicle weight. While offering advantages, on the negative side, thin materials reduce thread engagement and weaken fastened joints. In the era of lightweighting, new assembly methods are needed.

ARRIVING PREPARED
Among OEMs, BMW is charting a course for the future that values flexibility as the key to maintaining its leadership in automotive innovation and the production of premium performance vehicles.

SPECIALTY POLYMERS REDUCE WEIGHT IN E-VEHICLES
Electrification of the automotive powertrain is a critical goal for many OEMs. The challenge is to find cost-effective ways for increasing an electric motor’s power density while reducing the size and weight of
drivetrain components.

INDUSTRY FOCUS
Transitioning from traditional automotive thermoplastics to structural composites—the materials-testing perspective.

PLUS …

VACUUM IMPREGNATION ENABLES LIGHTWEIGHT MATERIAL USE
The process seals porosity without changing aluminium castings’ dimensional or functional characteristics. This means parts that would otherwise be scrapped can be used.

CASTING LIGHT ON MAGNESIUM THIXOMOLDING
The potential for magnesium injection molding to make substantial contributions to the automotive industry is largely unexplored, yet it could make great inroads on overall cost and regulatory requirements.

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