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Video: Fusion Window Loses 35% of Weight

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Ford Fusion window; weight loss
Ann R. Thryft   8/6/2014 1:04:21 PM
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Thanks for the vote of confidence, Gorski. It will be interesting to see whether these technologies can be adapted for high-volume automated assembly.



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Ford Fusion window; weight loss
Gorski   8/5/2014 10:47:07 AM
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I think this Ford project is a great breakthrough for lighter weight cars that an be built with existing technologies. The overall weight loss will enhance gas mileage as well as give electric cars a mileage boost. Ford should promote and produce this type of car ASAP.

 

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Ford Fusion window; weight loss
Gorski   8/5/2014 10:47:07 AM
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I think this Ford project is a great breakthrough for lighter weight cars that an be built with existing technologies. The overall weight loss will enhance gas mileage as well as give electric cars a mileage boost. Ford should promote and produce this type of car ASAP.

 

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: High-strength steel
Ann R. Thryft   7/28/2014 2:22:58 PM
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As we report, pubudu, the whole point of Ford making this car is to  "demonstrate several lightweighting solutions with longterm potential." That means potential for high-volume automotive applications in production vehicles, like the Ford Fusion. This is part of Ford's ongoing R&D.

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Pubudu   7/28/2014 1:30:13 PM
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Ann I believe that these innovations should be within the range off affordability, in order to be in the market. We all know that the carbon fiber is the headrest as well as lightest thing that we could find which is also more expensive. 

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Re: High-strength steel
Pubudu   7/28/2014 1:22:41 PM
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Cabe I believe that this 35% weight reduction news will be a great one for the hybrid models. 

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far911   7/27/2014 2:51:57 AM
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Amorphous polycarbonate polymer offers a unique combination of stiffness, hardness and toughness. It exhibits excellent weathering, creep, impact, optical, electrical and thermal properties. Available in many colors and effects, it was originally developed by SABIC's Innovative Plastics.

So Ann all these qualities are good enough to prove your point i guess.

 

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far911   7/27/2014 2:48:53 AM
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The LEXAN portfolio provides broad design versatility through its wide range of viscosities and product options such as: environmentally conforming flame retardancy, scratch resistance, toughness, heat resistance, weatherability, biocompatibility, optical quality, and compliance with stringent FDA and USP requirements.

So these qualities makes it appropriate to be used .Long term performance is still to be tested.

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Re: High-strength steel
Cabe Atwell   7/24/2014 7:38:31 PM
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I wonder how this impacts the fuel economy of the car...

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Ann R. Thryft   7/23/2014 5:50:01 PM
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Chuck, thanks for the input from your knowledge of the car industry. Steel, especially newer high-strength versions, is definitely still ahead as a "substrate" material (as the automotive industry uses that term). In my upcoming September feature on structural adhesives for automotive design, we'll see that there are enough different other substrate materials now being bonded to steel, or to each other, that the structural adhesives makers have to come up with new raw materials and formulations.

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