Browse Publications Technical Papers 1999-01-3239
1999-09-28

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.
  • Fabrication
    • Rollformings
    • Thin wall castings
    • Progressive die stampings
    • Plastic support and exterior panels
  • Assembly
    - Spot, laser, and MIG welding
Relative to conventional steel unibodies, the Autokinetics spaceframe architecture offers a number of projected advantages.
  • Substantial mass reduction
  • Increased safety
  • 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?

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