A Faster Way to Prototype Parts for Automotive
When replacing steel parts with magnesium, plastics or other lightweight materials, it’s critical to get functional prototypes into test quickly. Here are top options that lend themselves to quick-turn, fully functional prototypes.
When replacing steel parts with magnesium, plastics or other lightweight materials, it’s critical to get functional prototypes into testing quickly and efficiently.
Machined prototypes were once produced on hand-cranked milling machines and engine lathes.
They were largely made of steel, brass, or aluminum and took weeks to deliver. Now, new technology has sped up the process with applications like 3D printing and CNC machining.
Specializing in rapid prototyping, Protolabs has automated that same basic process to the extent that electronic part designs can literally be uploaded one day and delivered the next, made from a variety of materials ranging from metals to plastics…READ MORE.
I'm not talking about a plastic Revell model of a '57 Chevy, but a real vehicle, one that rolls off an assembly line in 1999 with another 99,999 just like it right behind. Is it possible, or is this just a fantasy of the marketing department at Elmer's?
Several plastic makers are now producing components and subsystems once considered the sole domain of steel and-yes-even aluminum. Thermoplastic can mean up to a 30 to 40% weight reduction over equivalent metal components in many under hood applications, but cost reductions have gained the most attention. That's right: plastic components being cost competitive with metal.
A look at the 7 Series Carbon Core.