Visteon’s Future Interior Vision; A New Sense for Steering; On Semiconductor Increases Integration; Toshiba’s Sharper View
Volkswagen Group is forming a venture with three non-automotive partners to help companies identify and defend against potential cyber attacks on their corporate databases.
Mass reduction is critical for fuel economy improvement in any vehicle.
DuPont engineering survey highlights some of the latest issues and developments.
Bayer AG's MaterialScience unit and partner Chery Automobile Co. plan to open a research and development laboratory as a part of Chery's operations in Wuhu, China, and conduct technical seminars there.
Bayer AG's MaterialScience unit has developed a new material from recycled polycarbonate and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastics for horizontal body parts such as spoilers, trunk lids and skirts.
Although the smart fortwo vehicle, which will be available in the U.S. early in ’08, is a comparatively small car—wheelbase: 73.5 in.; length: 106.1 in.; width: 61.4 in.; height: 60.7 in.—it has something that not even the biggest Maybach offers. “With an area of around 1.2 square meters, this is to date the largest polycarbonate roof module fitted in a production-line vehicle anywhere in the world,” claims Dr.
Better 3D materials; powerful powders/thriftier aluminum parts; wireless 3D printer; SLS material minds the gap.
More than your run-of-the-auto-show-circuit concept car, the Hyundai QarmaQ is a study in the potential deployment of advanced materials.
Farm chemurgy?Bizarre as that may sound, according to Ash Galbreath, director of Environmental Comfort & Engineering at Lear Corp. (Southfield, MI; www.lear.com), this undertaking, farm chemurgy, which involves using chemistry and other scientific processes to transform farm crops to industry products, is something that is being taken very seriously at Lear as they work toward more environmentally sound products and processes.
New materials that can help produce better products.
Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is often used to cover the yarns that go into the fabrics that cover automotive seats.
Remember those Saturn commercials showing shopping carts bouncing harmlessly off of plastic body panels? Good idea, right? But apparently the approach never really caught on. Now the question is: will it ever?
One of the primary characteristics of the auto industry since its early days has been a drive to profitably increase production.
Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Design & Production
The Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Div. announced the winners of its 31st annual Most Innovative Use of Plastics Awards.
Looking Beyond the ExteriorWhile the exterior of the Pontiac Aztek has engendered the use of adjectives by automotive journalists and consumers alike in a way not seen or heard since the days of the Edsel, the interior of the vehicle has actually garnered some praise for its utility (even though Pontiac doesn’t call the Aztek a “sport utility vehicle,” but, rather, a “sport recreation vehicle”).Part of the inside story of the vehicle is the use of two engineering thermo-plastics—a polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS) resin and an ABS resin from Bayer Corp.’s Plastic Div. (Pittsburgh, PA), Bayblend and Lustran, respectively—for the instrument panel (IP) and the knee bolsters.
When the National Plastics Exposition rolls into Chicago, equipment manufacturers come up with some new or better ways to process plastics. Here's a look at what some of the builders exhibited.
A New York start-up is using agricultural waste products and mushroom roots to develop petroleum-free, eco-friendly foam.