Not the Delorean Revisited: An Assessment of the Competitive Position of a Stainless Steel Body-in-White 1999-01-3239
Autokinetics is a Rochester Hills MI design firm working with Armco, a supplier of stainless steel. Together, they have developed an architecture that replaces the traditional stamped and spot welded steel unibody with a novel stainless steel spaceframe architecture.
Thin wall castings
Progressive die stampings
Plastic support and exterior panels
- Spot, laser, and MIG welding
Relative to conventional steel unibodies, the Autokinetics spaceframe architecture offers a number of projected advantages.
Substantial mass reduction
Improved ride and NVH
More flexible packaging
Lower lifecycle impact
Potential for paint shop elimination
The obvious question that arises, and the one that this paper will answer, is: How does the Autokinetics spaceframe architecture compete on cost?