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The Evolution of Lightweighting: GALM Vehicle Manufacturing Summit 2017


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•    Author:  Lynn Brown

•    Author's Company:  Consulting Collaborative

•    Title:  The Evolution of Lightweighting: GALM Vehicle Manufacturing Summit 2017

•    Volume:  Vol. 75, No. 2

•    Year:  2017

•    No. Pages:  4

•    Description:  The 4th GALM Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Summit, held in Detroit, MI, on February 22-23rd, was characterized by impressive evolution focusing on implementing the technologies that have emerged over the past couple of years. This article provides an overview of some of the key presentations of the event, looking at how automotive OEMs are working to integrate the new materials technologies that have been developed in recent years. It also looks at some of the currently implemented technologies, such as tailor welding blanks and hot form quenching, new mechanical fastener technologies, and new surface preparation developments for aluminum sheet, as well as at future technologies on the horizon, such as new welding and forming developments, rapid prototyping with incremental sheet forming, and additive manufacturing.

•    Companies Mentioned:  Ford, Honda, Fiat Chrysler, TWB LLC, Impression Technologies, LLC, Rifast Systems, Plasmatreat North America, Adapt Laser Systems, Trumpf, National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Lotus Engineering, TARDEC, General Motors (GM)

Product Code: THESK8W817


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