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.

2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 12, 2018 at 6:38 AM

Ordinarily where writing about the experiences with a car in this space, it generally goes to the various and sundry characterizes of the vehicle, ranging from the powertrain performance to the comfort of the seats, with a generous dash of specs added.

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Why the Chevy Bison ZR2 Is Really Rugged

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 06, 2018 at 8:46 AM

Although you may not spend a whole lot of time thinking about steel, those who do know that there is a class of materials that are called “advanced high-strength steels” (AHSS) which make mere high-strength steels seem, well, not as strong.

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Printing a Shock

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 06, 2018 at 6:12 AM

Although this shock absorber is just a demonstration device, its fabrication is rather clever as the materials company that made it, Covestro, used three different materials and three different 3D fabrication processes to make it: First, there’s the outer spring of the 40 x 7-cm part.

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Genesis Design and Creating the G70

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Talent and technology are certainly important, but not more so than having an essential focus on what is to be accomplished. The 2019 Genesis G70 is an example of how things can be done.

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Engineering the 2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 27, 2018 at 6:55 AM

Stephen Frey and his colleagues had a great opportunity—and challenge.

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INFINTI QX50: Notable But Unexpected Feature

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 16, 2018 at 8:52 AM

One of the more notable aspects of the new INFINITI QX50 isn’t what you think.

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The Structural Excellence of the 2019 Acura RDX

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 15, 2018 at 5:07 AM

The 2019 Acura RDX has received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+, and the structural soundness of the vehicle went a long way to achieving that.

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Rimac C_2 Tour de Force

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 07, 2018 at 6:35 AM

The high-performance Genovation GXE got us to thinking about other cars with what can be described only as exotic technology and brought to mind the Rimac C_2 which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this year by Rimic Automobili, which is located in Croatia.

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Chiron: Not 186,000 mps, but. . .

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 27, 2018 at 6:54 AM

Although we’ve never had the opportunity to drive one, reportedly the top speed of a Bugatti Chiron is 236 mph in normal mode and goes to 261 mph in Top Speed mode.

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VW I.D. R & 3D

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 26, 2018 at 6:52 AM

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak race car didn’t set the record for just electric vehicles. It set the record, period.

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McLaren Senna: Remarkable Numbers

By: Gary S. Vasilash - July 18, 2018 at 3:52 PM

This is the first McLaren Senna delivered in North America, a car that was delivered to Michael Fux, who is described as an “entrepreneur, philanthropist and renowned car collector known for his eclectic taste”: The car’s emerald green body color is actually called “Fux Green” by McLaren Special Operations, which provided bespoke options on the vehicle for Mr.

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Constellium Advances Aluminum Structures

By: Gary S. Vasilash - June 29, 2018 at 11:48 AM

As designers and engineers look for weight reduction and design flexibility, aluminum can be an option. And this company can provide it for structural applications.

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