Browse Publications Technical Papers 2020-01-5103

Automated Fabrication for Low-Volume Applications 2020-01-5103

Currently, the dominant technology used in the manufacture of mass-market automobile structures is sheet-metal stamping because of its suitability for producing accurate, strong, durable components in large quantities [1]. While cost-effective and fast for high-volume applications, the cost of manufacturing stamping dies is difficult to profitably amortize over a low-volume product in any but the most high-priced vehicle segments. This study examines the application of automated fabrication technologies as an alternative to stamping for the production of low-volume body structure components, including the impacts on both design and performance.


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