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.

Steel the One

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 20, 2019 at 6:04 AM

Last week the Great Designs in Steel (GDIS) conference was held in suburban Detroit.

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HP Launches Industrial Grade 3D Printer

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 15, 2019 at 6:54 AM

“Siemens and HP are thinking ahead to the future and are bringing together the best from both companies in a complete, industry-specific solution that will accelerate the adoption of industrial additive manufacturing and help our customers to increase flexibility, efficiency, and speed of digital manufacturing.”

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The NIO PAL by LAYER: A Scooter You’d Covet

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 10, 2019 at 6:14 AM

If you think about electric scooters for urban transport you might have in mind some mangled and abandoned objects that you’ve seen littering the sidewalks in major metropolises.

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Aluminum Sheet for EV Battery Enclosure

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 08, 2019 at 6:34 AM

As the number of electric vehicles (EVs) is about to increase almost exponentially, aluminum supplier Novelis is preparing to provide customers—be they OEMs or suppliers—with solutions, not only such things as aluminum sheet products for closures, but the company has developed what it says is the first-ever aluminum-sheet battery enclosure.

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Why Is a Vehicle Introduced in 2011 Relevant Right Now?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - May 03, 2019 at 2:23 PM

While there is certainly an almost unprecedented transformation in vehicles occurring, a research project that commenced in 2009 has some big implications for OEMs still today. It has to do with steel.

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Bollinger Motors: The Craft Movement for the Auto Industry?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - April 29, 2019 at 6:43 AM

Robert Bollinger is not your typical guy with an industrial design degree from Carnegie Mellon. Although he had hoped to study automotive design, that wasn’t in the cards.

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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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