Most individuals are trying to cut costs and save money. One way is to purchase a fuel-efficient car. But most of those cars are compact cars and on the road with larger vehicles, safety can be a concern. Of most concern is getting hit and the car collapsing or trapping an individual inside the vehicle. Automobile manufacturers are always looking for ways to improve the safety of all vehicles and at the same time not make vehicles heavier.
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Beginning in 2011, automobile makers had to meet a set of government regulations that had sat in limbo for many years. For many, this was the biggest change in fuel-economy standards since the 1970s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) law, otherwise known as cafe standards.
With an increase in fuel economy by nearly 40% for cars, and by almost 25% trucks, automobile manufacturers really have their work cut out for them.
According to an article on Car and Driver, the MPG increase is palpable, and might seem like a struggle for major manufacturers.
The average fuel economy for cars must improve from the current 27.5 mpg, where it has been since 1990, to 37.8 mpg by 2016. The truck standard has to rise from 23.5 mpg to 28.8.
So while the standards might not be as severe as they maintain by simply looking at the raw data (manufacturers have come up with a few clever ways of circumventing strict guidelines; not to mention “surplus credits”), they are seeking out alternatives to achieve the “goal” set by the US Federal Government, which doesn’t always mean drastic changes in design.
As the relative dimension, or footprint needs altered, car manufacturers often garner help from things that increase efficiency without direct alteration of typical features. They do this by redesigning aspects of the car which make it lighter, paying careful attention to small details where new components and materials offer a replacement. It’s at this point in the process where hydroforming steps in.
The hydroforming process lends to aiding CAFE standards in almost all parts of their design. By providing lightweight parts, that are durable and strong, manufactured quickly and easily, car manufacturers have a veritable goldmine in hydroforming companies.
What’s more, for 2016, it doesn’t matter which manufacturer requires assistance, because the regulations are different across the board.
Thus, for truck manufacturers and car manufacturers alike (whether SUV, sport, sedan, luxury, and so on), hydroforming is a viable option to reducing weight thereby increasing average MPG, and saving car manufacturers’ bottom line.
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From an article that outlines the subject:
The value of CAD systems for electronic envisioning of designs has been one of the most important drivers of what some call the post-industrial age.
CAD revolutionized the design industry, allowing fewer people than ever to render 2D and 3D objects. Significantly cutting down manpower.
CAD, as the article points out, is apart of the larger Digital Product Development (DPD), which is situated inside the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) set of processes, which includes Finite Element Analysis (FEA) among others. It is, for the sake of design argument, the home base for how all design and planning begins.
CAD isn’t, as is probably no surprise, a set of systems that has made it to the cloud. Because of render computational speeds and a specialized set of codecs that need to be speedy in how they operate, CAD is relegated to localization. But Frame aims to change that.
As Frame’s website says: Frame is like Box, except instead of them delivering your documents via the cloud, they deliver your apps.
Apps that can be ran from an internal infrastructure, or from a cloud-based one, depending on your preferences.
But why CAD?
Because CAD needs it. According to Frame engineers, CAD is among the most demanding of all design programs, often requiring the most intense graphics, and a need for preserving and storing the highest quality of images.
It also boasts a compatibility with other Windows software, the key ability to host PDM or cloud storage, and a greater than stellar graphical performance.
All in all, having apps stored locally or in the cloud is a huge advancement for business and potential savings alike.
Those who are interested in taking it for a spin can sign up for a BETA at Frame’s website.
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As we so often do, we like to focus on hydroformed components that are making waves in the modern world. From mountain bikes to car parts to aerospace design, hydroformed components and products are near and far in the world around us.
Innovative production, hydroformed products and components are found just about everywhere, here are some of the latest items to use hydroforming for its innovation and design.
As this report points out, the latest “Frostbike” event was rife with new and inventive biking gear and products. Some of the latest off-road and all-terrain bikes feature hydroformed tubing, which, according to the report, is an even greater advancement than many of last year’s bikes. Bicycles continue as an integral industry, connected closely to hydroforming and hydroformed products.
The 2016 Police Interceptor, and updated version of the Ford Explorer, is the latest police vehicle to feature hydroformed parts. According this write-up on the latest police vehicle, the main hydroformed component is a “high-strength steel tube that runs the width of the vehicle to improve structural rigidity.” Look for the new SUV Police Interceptor at a police station near you.
What’s a Yikebike? It’s a fully electric folding bicycle, which (according to a news report) “enables users to truly discover their urban freedom.” For those looking for a piece of art that they can ride, the Yikebike is your thing. It’s lightweight features (due to a fully hydroformed frame), makes it ideal for urban environments. But don’t get too excited yet, it’s only available in New Zealand currently.
Hydroformed components run the gamut of diversity. Thanks to an engineered design that provides light-weight strength and durability, hydroformed engineering satisfies many industries and a broad range of markets and products.
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In the middle of the US, located in what is universally known as the “breadbasket” of America, sits the heart of hydroforming in the Midwest. The sometimes seldom-known but vastly innovative production, which benefits almost every industry big and small, technically termed as “hydroforming,” sits atop ingenuity. Bringing with it vast benefits for just about any industry that chooses to use its simple, yet effective design principles.
Here are 5 benefits of hydroformed components :
1. Simple but strong products. Hydroformed components are designed strong, and built to last a long time. It’s just how they are produced. Hydroformed products often beat out similarly designed products made to perform in the same manner.
2. Increased ductile and tensile strength. Compared to regular products of the same design, hydroformed products exhibit an increased ability to be drawn out (ductile), and used in restrictive, tense environments (tensile). This has to do with the selection of metals used for design, thanks to years of consistent research.
3. Cost-effective savings. Because of the design concept, shaping ductile metals into lightweight components brings with it an incredible savings. Add to that low material costs, and the savings is passed back on.
4. A variety of production methods. With hydroforming, there’s something for everybody in terms of design technique. From tube hydroforming to deep draw hydroforming to metal stamping, any type of component is open to design.
5. Efficient production technique. Unlike traditional means of production, hydroforming offers several time-saving measures, like quick changeover times, reduction in tooling, quicker operations, and less need for manual operators. Meaning components are made faster, and with less wait time.
All in all, hydroforming in the Midwest beats out many other production and design techniques in the same category. For lightweight precision, with consistent guaranteed quality, hydroforming offers numerous benefits over traditional methods of production.
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