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    December 2019

    Cover COVER: The 2020 Corvette C8 utilizes a new mid-engine design with an aluminum-intensive uni-frame in order to push the performance envelope. Engineers from the company discussed their decision making during the Lightweighting World Expo 2019. Learn more on page 22. (Photo: Chevrolet.) Articles A Simple Measurement System for Optimization of Auto Aluminum Body Sheet […]

  • Arconic - Lockheed Martin

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    Arconic and Lockheed Martin to Collaborate on 3D Printing Materials Development

    Arconic signed a two-year joint development agreement (JDA) with Lockheed Martin with the aim of realizing next-generation advanced materials and manufacturing processes. Together, the companies will develop customized lightweight material systems and advanced manufacturing processes, such as metal 3D printing, to advance current and next-generation aerospace and defense solutions — including new structures and systems not currently in […]

  • NIO ES8

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    Tata Technologies Partners with NIO for All-Aluminum Electric Car

    Tata Technologies is partnering with NIO China in the development process of NIO’s range of electric vehicles. The partnership began with collaborative engineering for NIO’s first electric all-aluminum vehicle, the recently launched ES8, which NIO intends to be their first product positioned in the Chinese electric vehicles mass market. Tata has engaged with NIO to […]

  • 2018 Altair Enlighten Award

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    Altair Invites Submissions for the 2018 Altair Enlighten Award

    The 2018 Altair Enlighten Award, presented jointly by Altair and the Center for Automotive Research (CAR), is now open for submissions. Fostering innovation for lightweighting initiatives, the award recognizes achievements in weight reduction across the automotive industry and will be presented at the 53rd CAR Management Briefing Seminars held in Traverse City, Michigan, on July […]

  • Magna International

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    Magna Develops Ultralight Door Module

    Magna International Inc. — in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and partners Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) US and Grupo Antolin — developed a new, ultralight door architecture that achieves 42.5% mass savings compared to an average current production door. The door-in-white assembly makes extensive use of aluminum, which achieves approximately half of the total […]

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Laser Bonding

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    Oak Ridge Uses Lasers to Bond Aluminum and Carbon Fiber

    Joining aluminum and carbon fiber composites for lightweight cars and other multi-material high-end products could become less expensive and the joints more robust because of a new method that harnesses a laser’s power and precision. The process, developed by a team led by Adrian Sabau of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), […]

  • Airbus AP Works Light Rider motorcycle

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    Airbus Light Rider is the First 3D-Printed Motorcycle from Aluminum

    APWorks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Group, has worked at the forefront of additive layer manufacturing (ALM) and advanced materials since its launch in 2013. The company produces bionically optimized metal parts for a wide range of industries, from aerospace to automotive and robotics. APWorks has now introduced the world’s first 3D-printed motorcycle, made […]

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    Study Shows Vehicle Lightweighting Is an Economical Solution for Truck Fleets

    Commercial truck fleets looking to increase fuel efficiency, haul more freight and retain more drivers can look to lightweighting as a key enabler, according to a Confidence Report on Lightweighting by Trucking Efficiency. The report found that investing in lightweighting is an attractive and economical alternative to adding expensive new equipment — potentially saving fleets nearly […]

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    Auto Conference to Unveil the Road Ahead for Aluminum

    Leading figures from the British automotive industry will discuss the growing demand for aluminum at the Aluminium in Road Transport Conference to be held November 11-12 at the Thinktank Science Museum in Birmingham, U.K. Organized by ALFED (the Aluminium Federation), the event will feature an evening banquet and a tour of the Jaguar Land Rover […]