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Metal Replacement Gains Velocity in Automotive
1/17/2013

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Replacing painted metal with metallic-filled polymers for engine covers offers greater design freedom while reducing VOC emissions and production cost.
Replacing painted metal with metallic-filled polymers for engine covers offers greater design freedom while reducing VOC emissions and production cost.

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Charles Murray
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Re: The numbers
Charles Murray   1/17/2013 5:59:40 PM
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With 54.5-mpg CAFE mandates looming, most automakers are deseperate to find ways to cut weight. If suppliers can develop the mechanical strength needed for body panels and seat components, and provide the heat resistance for underhood components, automakers will snap up these materials.

Cabe Atwell
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The numbers
Cabe Atwell   1/17/2013 3:24:36 PM
I wish some 3D printer could print this type of polymer, it would be exceedingly helpful in design. Perhaps there is?

I question the heat dissipation of the polymer. Do you have any comparative numbers on the material versus metals?

C

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