Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT) — a national manufacturing innovation institute operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) — has announced a new project with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) to test and evaluate mixed-material joining technologies.
As the automotive industry continues to search for new and innovative ways to save on weight, cost and production time, automakers and suppliers are looking to a wider range of materials, including different types of metals and polymer composites. Joining dissimilar materials is one of the major barriers in implementing the right material for the right application strategy.
The results of this study, scheduled to be completed in October, will be published in the public domain and shared at various industry events. 4/29/2019