Automotive Materials

Whether it is steel, aluminum, glass, plastic, magnesium , or something else, you’re going to find it in a car or truck and you’re going to find it here. Even wood. Really.

Mercedes, Ahoy!

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 17, 2017 at 5:48 AM

This, of course, is a boat: But it is not just any boat, it is the Cigarette Racing Team 50' Marauder AMG, introduced this week at the Miami International Boat Show.

Building Bikes

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 03, 2017 at 5:26 AM

According to the folks at Sculpteo, a 3d printing and engineering services company based outside of Paris, they built what they describe as “the first ever fully functional bike created using digital manufacturing.” To prove that this is a real bike, not a booth exhibit, the two designers of the bike, Alexandre d’Orsetti and Piotr Widelka, rode it from Las Vegas, where it had been on display at CES, to San Francisco, where Sculpteo has a facility.

Hyperloop in Central Europe

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 31, 2017 at 6:21 AM

While looking into Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, it came to our attention that last May the company announced that a “base technology” for its system--which will have a capsule containing people that will be propelled through a pylon mounted tube--is “Vibranium,” which it describes as a “smart material specifically developed for the Hyperloop application.” We thought that it was a material that was specifically developed for the Marvel Universe, though we may be wrong. (For an interesting look at vibranium vs. adamantium, we’d like to call your attention to a piece that appeared in Machine Design last year, as well, which you can see here.) But the Hyperloop Vibranium was created with help from a company with carbon-fiber composite capability, C2i of Slovakia.

Lexus on Land and at Sea

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2017 at 6:06 AM

Last week in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, Lexus debuted the 2018 Lexus LS 500, the fifth-generation of company’s flagship sedan: This is an all-new car, based on the Lexus GA-L architecture, which, according to the company, is the stiffest in its history, providing a basis for handling, smoothness and quietness.

FCA Opens the Door to The Future

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2017 at 7:20 PM

FCA introduced a high-tech concept vehicle today, the Chrysler Portal, at the event previously known as the “Consumer Electronics Show,” now simply CES.

2017 Audi Q7 3.0T quattro tiptronic

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 07, 2016 at 6:28 AM

Here’s something important to know about the 2017 Audi Q7 as it is a vehicle that seats seven and, consequently, is likely to carry passengers: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded it with the Top Safety Pick+ designation, which is the highest possible rating from IIHS for 2016.

Lutz Live

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 07, 2016 at 4:26 AM

Bob Lutz says that a few years ago, his partner Gilbert Villarreal was interested in the Fisker Karma but not particularly taken with the hybrid powertrain.

Beyond Aluminum

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 04, 2016 at 6:58 AM

If you want to get a sense of why this is a multi-material industry going forward, an industry that is making a transition from (almost) strictly ferrous materials to various others, including ferrous materials, just as it is making a transition from strictly internal combustion engines to electrification, including internal combustion engines, then know that on Tuesday, November 1, a new company was launched, Arconic Inc. 3D printed polymer prototype patterns—not aluminum Which is notable because Arconic used to be part of Alcoa Inc.

Leather Seat Source

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 03, 2016 at 6:23 AM

This is something that you ordinarily don’t have the opportunity to see, which is inside the Katzkin Leather factory.

All About Acadia

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM

One of the features of the 2017 GMC Acadia is, compared with the outgoing model, that it is some 700 pounds lighter.