Posts tagged "Automotive"

High-quality die-cast metal components and electronic parts play a vital role in the automotive industry. The reliability and safety needs of today’s automotive industry requires all parts to be fully sealed against fluids, gases and other external influences. At the same time, the automotive industry is confronted with the increasingly demanding challenges of reducing costs, […]

Temperature is an important consideration throughout the entire vehicle development process. The most prominent example is inside the car where driver and passenger comfort are taken into account. This is far from the only example, though, especially today as lightweighting initiatives have introduced mixed material designs that cause a new set of challenges related to thermal […]

Today’s drivers are more used to digital technology in their cars than ever before. Music streamed from the cloud, real-time traffic information and personalized roadside assistance have become common. But there is certainly more to come. While the change to autonomous vehicle technology is influencing many aspects of vehicle development, the most noticeable area for […]

Finding the right adhesive for your lightweight component is dependent on the right chemical mix. Some adhesives are rigid. Others have high degrees of elasticity. Some offer increased energy absorption. How do you know which is right for the job? It starts with considering some basic questions. What are the materials you need to join? What are your […]

“Form follows function” is a maxim credited to early 20th century architect, Louis Sullivan, in relation to architectural and industrial design, inferring that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose. Form also follows function in vehicle lightweighting. With 2025 CAFE standards targeting 54.5 mpg per […]

Humans have been fascinated by electricity for hundreds of years. When Benjamin Franklin proved lightning and electricity were one and the same using a kite, key and a strong hypothesis, this force of nature became a prime candidate for experimentation rather than simple parlor tricks. More than 100 years later, Thomas Edison perfected the incandescent […]

Like the Tower of London, automotive shock towers are built to survive brutal conditions outside and maintain stability. Often referred to as the workhorse of a vehicle, this part of a vehicle’s suspension system keeps it supported and stable. It takes a great deal of load in harsh under-vehicle environment, while maintaining its structural integrity […]

Guest post by Tony Norton, Executive Vice President, Americas, at Altair. You may have heard the age-old saying that “two heads are better than one.” This is being applied to the automotive industry as collaboration is top of mind in advancing lightweight designs on the road to meeting 2025 CAFE standards. Innovations from individual companies are valuable, but […]

Flying cars. 3D-printed automobiles. Fully autonomous vehicles.  These ideas are “cool” and “exciting”, no doubt, but “cool” and “exciting” alone will not get these innovative autos into production and out on the roads (or in the sky, for that matter!). As we imagine vehicles of tomorrow, today’s vehicles are already transforming the road to meet strict CAFE […]

As a child you may have played connect the dots by taking your pencil from dot to dot to create an image. Now in the professional world you may view random dots, not as an image, but as powerful trending data points, or in this case, a roadmap for lightweighting of future automotive vehicles.  Let’s look […]