PLASTICS

SEAT Goes for Colorful Camo

Rather than the standard black-and-white used to camouflage vehicles under development, SEAT celebrates its Catalan roots

Gary S. Vasilash
Editor-in-Chief, Automotive Design & Production

Lightening Up Through Topology Optimization

Products can be lighter and better through the application of topology optimization. However, they might look somewhat different. . .
#Ferrari #Carbon #HarleyDavidson

HP Launches Industrial Grade 3D Printer

To get a sense of just how serious HP (www8.hp.com/us/en/printers/3d-printers.html) is about actually doing high-volume manufacturing with its new Jet Fusion 5200 3D printing system, know that when introducing the unit, which literally uses what can be considered print heads that provide a building speed on a machine of up to 309 in3/hr, Ramon Pastor, general manager and global head of Plastics Solutions at HP 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing, talks about having a machine that has “industrial level overall equipment effectiveness,” the sort of thing that one might hear regarding a machining center, and points out that because HP is a mass manufacturer it understands such things as the process capability index (Cpk), so the company has devised process control software for the 5200 Series that includes a machine-learning algorithm, which means that the printer will get closer and closer to its target value. “We are delivering a Cpk of 1.3,” Pastor says, adding, “We ask our vendors for 1.3.” There are three machines in the series, the 5200, 5210 and 5210 Pro, which is a capability walk toward more functionality and capability. “We are building a new market, a digital manufacturing market,” Pastor says, so to that end they are assiduously working with other companies, be they users (e.g., Jaguar Land Rover, whose Ben Wilson, additive manufacturing manager, said, “Our work with HP to advance our knowledge and in-house capability in 3D printing has been an important step toward production of quality parts to support current and aftermarket customers.
#Jaguar #HP #BASF

Manufacturing Plastic Parts with Light

Research with light-sensitive resins is changing the way production plastic parts can be made.
#Carbon #Ford

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.
#Protolabs

Plastics Role in Future Car Designs Plastics

DuPont engineering survey highlights some of the latest issues and developments.
#Carbon #Faurecia #Lexus

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Natural Fiber-Reinforced Composite Developed for Toyota EV Concept

Reduced weight is advantageous for EV application
#Toyota #Covestro

Plastics and the Environment

A materials processor acknowledges it is important to contribute to the circular economy.
#HP #sustainability #KraussMaffei

Advanced Polymers in Automotive Applications

The key to using new thermoplastics to demanding automotive applications is backing up the material with performance metrics, says Jud Gibson at DSM Engineering Plastics Inc. in Troy, Mich.
#tech #DSM

Hengst Develops Reusable Oil Filter Module

Spin-on plastic unit promises to reduce combined steel and oil waste by 642,000 tons per year 
#tech #sustainability #Opel

Freudenberg Touts Integrated Bearing Seal

Design promises weight, cost and friction benefits
#tech

Bimmer EVs Add Flair with Aerodynamic Wheels

Lightweight, customizable design can boost driving range by 2%
#europe #tech #BMW

HP Launches Industrial Grade 3D Printer

“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.”
#Jaguar Land Rover #HP #Jaguar

2020 Ford Explorer: Shhhhhhhh!

One of the objectives of the development team for the forthcoming 2020 Ford Explorer is to provide a quiet cabin.
#oem #Ford #engineer

Aerogels: Moving from Outer to Inner Space

A new generation of cross-linked polymer aerogels could revolutionize interiors.
#Carbon #Ford

Polymer Passes the Sniff Test—and Then Some

Remember that “new car” smell?
#PolyOne #supplier

TPE Checks the Boxes

Plastics supplier KRAIBURG has developed a thermoplastic elastomer lineup—the VS/AD/HM series within the THERMOLAST K suite—that checks the boxes of scratch and abrasion resistance, chemical compatibility and UV stability. 

Printing a Shock

Although this shock absorber is just a demonstration device, its fabrication is rather clever as the materials company that made it, Covestro, used three different materials and three different 3D fabrication processes to make it: First, there’s the outer spring of the 40 x 7-cm part.
#supplier #Covestro