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.

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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2019 GMC Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 04, 2019 at 7:45 AM

The Detroit Free Press is a morning newspaper.

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Additive Manufacturing Hoonigan-Style

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 29, 2019 at 10:59 AM

Ken Block, rally driver extraordinaire with the Hoonigan Racing Division, the Paganini of the Pavement, has ripped up streets in all manner of Ford products, from Mustangs to Fiesta to Foci, and for his latest endeavor, “Gymkhana Ten: The Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour,” he is behind the wheel of the Hoonitruck, a 1977 F-150 powered by a 914-hp, 702-lb-ft 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 (yes, the same type of engine that is used in the Ford GT), which generates copious amounts of rubbery smoke from the Toyo 315/35R20s.

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Another Sign of Electrification: Production Capacity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 28, 2019 at 8:07 AM

This is a picture of a diecasting setup taken on the inside of a new €35-million, 5,000 square-meter factory extension of a factory in Neckarsulm, Germany, a facility of KS HUAYU AluTech GmbH, a company that is a 50:50 joint venture of Rheinmetall Automotive KG of Germany and HUAYU Automotive Systems, a member of China’s SAIC Group.

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Clean Factory in Stuttgart

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 24, 2019 at 7:04 AM

One of the consequences of creating an electric vehicle, the Taycan, on Porsche goes well beyond the styling and performance of the vehicle itself.

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McLaren 600LT Spider: A Study in Composite Rigidity

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 16, 2019 at 1:03 PM

McLaren Automotive is busy building—hand assembling at its McLaren Production Centre in Woking, Surrey, England—members of its Longtail (LT) vehicle lineup, including the new 600LT Spider.

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Mazda Steel Stamping Breakthrough

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 11, 2019 at 8:24 AM

As vehicle manufacturers look for the ways to save mass in vehicle structures, the amount of advanced high-strength steels used is increasing.

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BMW Uses Fabric Skin Again

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 10, 2019 at 6:45 AM

In 2008 BMW revealed a concept vehicle that was unusual in that the body panels weren’t made from steel, aluminum or composites but, rather, a fabric that was fitted over an underlying metal frame.

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The SOLO EV Is Really Being Built

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 28, 2018 at 7:23 AM

From the point of view of structural engineering and assembly, electric vehicles are a whole lot simpler than those with internal combustion engines, which probably goes a long way to explain why there are so many startups showing EVs.

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Jeep Goes Gladiator

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 03, 2018 at 6:31 AM

According to Tim Kuniskis, Head of Jeep Brand-North America, Jeep is the most-recognized vehicle on the planet, and while he is probably more than somewhat biased in this assessment, he is also probably right.

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2018 Jaguar E-PACE First Edition

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 21, 2018 at 6:10 AM

The thing about the Jaguar E-PACE is that although this compact sport utility vehicle is said to have been inspired by the F-TYPE, which is a stunningly styled sports car, it seems that the E-PACE, blather about shared DNA notwithstanding, doesn’t have the punch nor the panache that the F-TYPE does, which may say more about the styling limits of the SUV form than it does the E-PACE in particular.

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