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Advanced Manufacturing: Overview of vehicle lightweighting developments

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A Tuesday article in Advanced Manufacturing offers a great macro-level overview of automotive lightweighting at the OEM level — the kind of trends that directly affect how collision repairers fix vehicles and what gear and training owners and techs need.

As I-CAR’s Jason Bartanen famously observed: “We don’t work on mild steel vehicles anymore.”

The magazine’s coverage describes some of the steel and aluminum vehicle developments affecting shops, and it offers a look at an intriguing new joining method out of Ohio State:

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) is studying “civilized explosive welding” as a way to join dissimilar materials and avoid corrosion.

With the process, a thunderbolt rams one material into another to create a welded joint.

“It’s an early stage technology we’re committed to,” Glenn Daehn, professor of metallurgical engineering for the university, said in February at the Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Summit in Detroit.

“We think this is the best way to join advanced or dissimilar materials,” Daehn said at the conference.

Read the Advanced Manufacturing piece, and then take a deeper dive into some of the models described with our vehicle-specific coverage.

GMC Arcadia:

“2017 GMC Acadia cut 700 lbs., has seat alert, redesigned frame rails”

Honda Civic and its rear frame rails:

“12% of 2016 Honda Civic auto body ultra-high-strength-steel”

“2016 Honda Civic designed to be ‘epic,’ safe through structural steel designs”

“Honda elaborates on replacing 2016 Civic’s 1,500 MPa ultra-high-strength-steel rear frame rails”

Ford F-150 and Super Duty:

“100% of State Farm auto damage appraisers have taken I-CAR aluminum F-150 course — have you?”

“New Ford Super Duty cuts 350 lbs. with aluminum, HS steel; certified F-150 repairers can fix it”

“Pa. auto body GM describes ‘very educational repair’ of shop’s first aluminum Ford F-150”

“How Ford made SuperCrew F-150 safer with aluminum, high-strength steel, glue”

“Ford On Target: OEM cut ‘incredible amount of time’ out of F-Series front apron tube repair”


Learn about lightweighting, vehicle trends at Repairer Driven Education

Learn about vehicle technology trends and relevant repair procedures during SEMA with Ken Boylan of Chief at “Current and Future Technologies 2017 and Beyond”; Toby Chess of Kent Automotive at “Adhesive Joining in Modern Repairs”; Dave Gruskos of Reliable Automotive Equipment with “Get Attached to Following Procedures: A Comprehensive Guide to OEM Joining”; and a panel of OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit experts at “How Automotive Research is Driving Change.” The sessions are part of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists Repairer Driven Education Series Oct. 30-Nov. 3. Register here for individual classes or the series pass package deal, which includes the entire week of classes, all three parts of the OEM Summit and the Nov. 2 Sky Villa afterparty.


More information:

“LIGHTWEIGHTING: Now Comes the Hard Part”

Advanced Manufacturing, Sept. 5, 2017

Featured image: Audi Q7 door developer Wolfgang Faaß is shown with one of the aluminum Q7 doors. (Provided by Audi)