Auto supplier Johnson Controls has unveiled a number of environmentally friendly innovations and new materials in a concept hybrid car. The car has a plug-in hybrid battery in the trunk that provides for low-emission operation.
The car also includes new substrate materials processed from natural fibers to replace interior plastic. The front seat structures are constructed of lightweight materials designed to lighten the total weight of the car. The car is made of aluminum and steel that are combined using special welding processes to further reduce weight and improve mileage.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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