Manufacturing & Prototyping
‘Single-Shot’ Manufacturing of Metals and Composites for Automotive Parts
Clemson University automotive engineering researchers introduce a process called "hybrid single-shot manufacturing of metals and composites," which they say could reduce the time and cost it takes to manufacture some components. The process could also be automated with the help of artificial intelligence. One of the goals is to reduce the cost of making vehicles lighter, which improves their mileage, and helps automotive companies meet federal fuel efficiency standards. When some parts are made conventionally, one machine stamps sheet metal into the desired shape, and another machine creates polymer or composite parts. The separate pieces are then bonded together with glue. In the new process, it’s all done in one machine, and the technology can be used in existing equipment.