Even under new ownership, Chrysler is still on track to sell China’s hot new world car, the Chery. Look for the car in Latin America by the end of next year. Introduction to the United States and Europe will be later, sometime in 2009, as the car is fitted with required safety and pollution controls. The car is heavy with parts from Visteon, but the fit and finish is poor, particularly for interior components. The plastic alloy cover for the air bag compartment, for example, isn’t quite flush with the dashboard. The car sells for $7,000 in China, and is assembled in a rural plant by workers who earn less than $2 an hour.
How can automakers, aerospace contractors, and other OEMs get new metal alloys that are stronger, harder, and can survive ever higher temperatures? One way is to redesign their crystalline structures at the nanoscale and microscale.
Although a lot of the excitement about 3D printing and additive manufacturing surrounds its ability to make end-products and functional prototypes, some often ignored applications are the big improvements that can come by using it for tooling, jigs, and fixtures.
A fun and informative tour you can attend at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, MD&M Minneapolis, and other events there, is the Materials Innovation Tour on Wednesday afternoon. I'll be leading it.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies.
You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived.
So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.