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.

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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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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