In the past five years, the aluminum extrusion content in the average North American auto or light truck has increased by nearly 50%, to about 40 pounds per vehicle. Today extrusions are found in a wide range of applications – from crash management systems, to structure, to trim – with an equally wide range of performance requirements.
But the needs of future vehicles are rapidly evolving as demand for ongoing efficiency drives further light-weighting, while EVs and autonomous vehicles move toward center stage. How can the product designer utilize extrusion to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s vehicles?
This 60 minute webinar will review the thermomechanical extrusion process – since it’s the process that drives component performance – and then explore how extrusions will play an important role in ongoing safety improvements and in vehicle electrification.