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.

Aston Martin: Past Is Prologue

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 19, 2019 at 6:04 AM

Aston Martin cars finished 1-2 in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans (with, interestingly enough, Caroll Shelby being one of the two drivers in the winning car), something that the company is celebrating 60 years later with the DBS 59, a variation of the DBS Superleggera.

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A Professional Grade Bed for the GMC Sierra

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 12, 2019 at 6:58 AM

Staying with yesterday’s carbon fiber theme. . .GMC has announced that the Sierra Denali 1500 and the Sierra AT4 1500 will be available in early June (in limited numbers, initially, with wider availability next year) with a carbon fiber bed.

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Carbon Fiber and Recycling

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 11, 2019 at 6:00 AM

One of the key drivers for the use of carbon fiber composites is that the materials are both strong and light.

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Nanoparticles Advance Aluminum Alloy Welding

April 03, 2019 at 12:47 PM

Aluminum alloy AA 7075 is almost as strong as steel but weighs only a third as much—a dream material to use for lightweighting, you might think.

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Additive Technology Grows—and Needs Know-How

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 27, 2019 at 6:39 AM

One of the things that is true about additive manufacturing is that the technology is growing by leaps and bounds.

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Brembo Is Serious—and Whimsical

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 12, 2019 at 11:04 AM

When it comes to serious brakes, Brembo is certainly a leader in developing and producing them, such as with its gen-two dual-cast floating brake disc, which is made with both cast iron and aluminum, with the former being used for the braking band and the latter for the bell.

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Pininfarina Times Two

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 11, 2019 at 4:02 PM

Pininfarina--the Italian car design firm and specialty vehicle creator owned by the Mahindra Group, an India-based conglomerate—has been on a roll the last several days.

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American Steel

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 04, 2019 at 12:23 PM

There has been a disruption in the entire world economy for steel because the amount of over-capacity has had huge consequences on the steel industry elsewhere: “The export-oriented Chinese industry is undermining steel economies around the world.”

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Carbon Fiber Creations

By: Gary S. Vasilash - March 04, 2019 at 11:46 AM

It is more “go” than “show,” although when it comes to interior trim the composite material provides a technical touch.

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Manufacturing Plastic Parts with Light

By: Michael Anderson - March 04, 2019 at 11:18 AM

Research with light-sensitive resins is changing the way production plastic parts can be made.

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2020 Ford Explorer: Shhhhhhhh!

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 05, 2019 at 8:44 AM

One of the objectives of the development team for the forthcoming 2020 Ford Explorer is to provide a quiet cabin.

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To 3D Print Copper, Green Means Go

February 04, 2019 at 3:58 PM

Trumpf’s new process opens up new possibilities for 3D printing in the electronics and automotive industries.

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