Compared to conventional machining methods, the non-contact laser process minimizes machining times by eliminating the set-up time and also reduces the costs associated with tool wear. Thanks to its excellent design and flexibility, the JENOPTIK-VOTAN®BIM laser cutting machine is a virtually wear-free tool, perfect for a host of metal working applications.
Altair, APWORKS, csi entwicklungstechnik, EOS GmbH, GERG, and Heraeus have used the front-end structure of a classic VW Caddy to demonstrate the full potential of industrial 3D printing within the automotive industry. The structure is very light, stable, and, at the same time, features a high degree of functional integration. In this joint development project known as 3i-PRINT, the involved companies covered every development step of the process, from design, simulation, optimization and manufacturing to post production of the part. From conceptual design to final vehicle, the project was completed in only nine months.
Proseat, the leading manufacturer of foam parts for the automotive industry, will rely on the know-how of KUKA Industries in the production of the BMW seat covers. An automated CO2 laser system brings the complex 3D geometries into shape. In contrast to the proposed method of punching, the laser achieves clean and clear cuts.
By integrating application lifecycle management (ALM) software with product lifecycle management (PLM) software, Siemens is delivering a solution for the automotive industry to seamlessly manage the inherently different lifecycles of electro-mechanical systems and the development of software used to control those physical systems.
New CoroMill® Plura routers unveiled by Sandvik Coromant offer optimised milling and slotting operations in composite materials such as CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastic) and GFRP (glass fibre reinforced plastic). Production engineers, machine shop managers and operators will all benefit from the patented geometries provided by the new routers, particularly those in the aerospace industry, where these materials are increasingly prevalent, as well as others in sectors such as automotive, motorsport, wind power and marine.
Dürr AG has developed robot cells incorporating sensitive LBR iiwa lightweight robots from KUKA that are capable of human-robot collaboration for automated adhesive bonding processes during final assembly in the automotive industry. They help to improve the quality of the adhesive bond between components such as GPS antenna covers or tanks and the vehicle body. They also save time and lower unit costs.