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2015 F-150 aluminum body creates challenge for auto body shops

2014-11-18
"Craft shop" approach of low-volume, all-aluminum, high-end makes is too restrictive for America's best-selling vehicle. SEMA Show training classes by I-CAR demonstrate special techniques necessary and the learning curve for mainstream body shop technicians.
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2015 F-150: Ford drops an aluminum blockbuster

2014-01-08
With the world's first pickup featuring an all-aluminum body and cargo box and full LED lighting, Ford leapfrogs its domestic and Japanese competition in the highly profitable full-size truck segment. The structures feature 5xxx- and 6xxx-series alloy sheet, the latter with a T4 temper.
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2016 Civic structure employs 'first' partial in-die soft zones

2015-12-01
The 2016 Honda Civic features selectively-tempered “soft zone” technology in the B-pillars and rear frame rails, allowing zones within a single frame piece to have more ductile properties than the surrounding ultra-high-strength hot-stamped steel. The technology minimizes parts count and saves 15.6 lb (7 kg) compared to the previous-generation Civic.
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2018 Honda Accord drops mass, adds turbos and 10-speed

2017-07-14
Designed in Japan with exterior surfacing finalized at Honda’s California studio, the 2018 Accord is up to 176 lb (89 kg) lighter than the outgoing model, depending on trim level. Key technical features include two new turbocharged gasoline engines, the first use of a 10-speed automatic transaxle (Honda’s own 10AT) in front-drive sedan, and the return to the low-cowl/thin pillar body architecture.
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3-D 'printed car' displayed at NAIAS

2015-01-14
Car put on display is based on electrical and mechanical components from a Renault electric vehicle "city car" simply as a proof of process. Much testing and refinement remain. Help is being provided by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and SABIC.
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AFRL demos advanced multipurpose robotics for aerospace

2018-06-07
Engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL’s) Manufacturing Technologies Division successfully demonstrated the capabilities of a new multi-purpose maintenance and manufacturing robot at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio.
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Acoustical spray for improved NVH

2015-09-23
Baytec AS is a new acoustical spray technology from Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience. There is a patent pending for this innovative new approach, which uses a higher level of sound-blocking fillers than current solutions.
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Active Aero takes flight

2017-07-10
Reconfigurable aerodynamic aids are stretching performance-car envelopes in every direction.
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Additive manufacturing adoption up, growing rapidly in aerospace

2018-06-14
The 3D printing materials market will experience high double-digit growth in the aerospace industry through 2024, as manufacturers of aircraft and spacecraft vehicles and components increasingly adopt and reap the benefits of additive manufacturing, market analysts at Frost & Sullivan in Mountain View, California, predict.
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Additive manufacturing is transforming mobility engineering, driving the factory of the future

2018-12-27
Two new installments in the burgeoning SAE International Podcast Series cast a spotlight on additive manufacturing, which is fueling innovation, greater efficiencies, and the future of mobility engineering. Additive manufacturing continues to advance and transform mobility engineering, as aerospace and automotive firms increasingly adopt and invest in 3D printing technologies, which are becoming more capable and cost-effective.
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Advanced simulation aids heavy-truck aerodynamics

2015-08-26
There is more pressure than ever on heavy-truck engineers to find and create significant improvements in fuel economy and reduce tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions. Aerodynamic opportunities exist with technologies such as active grille shutters and truck platooning—and simulation will help to optimize these designs.
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Advances in adhesive joining of structure components focus of new book from SAE International

2018-08-16
Adhesive joining of structural components will assume an increasingly important role in designing and manufacturing lightweight structures for aerospace platforms. The latest book from SAE International, Adhesive Joining of Structural Components: New Insights and Technologies explores recent advancements in adhesive bonding, used in the manufacture of primary aircraft fuselage and wing structures since 1945.
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AeroMobil debuts special edition Sky Dragon personal transport aircraft targeted at fast-growing market in China

2018-11-12
Engineers at AeroMobil in Slovakia have developed a special edition of the company’s personal aerial vehicles targeted exclusively at the rapidly growing personal air transportation market in China. AeroMobil has unveiled two Sky Dragon roadable aircraft or flying car concepts, specifically designed for China, based on the AeroMobil 4.0 short takeoff and landing (STOL) and 5.0 vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft.
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