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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ford Improves Fuel Efficiency With Enhanced Machining Techniques

FordAt a recent Dearborn, Mich., event Ford displayed techniques new to the automotive industry, which it is using to produce lighter-weight and more fuel-efficient cars.

Gotta Be Mobile, the site that covers mobile device construction, design, and news, profiled Ford’s new machining techniques, explaining that the concepts are only novel to the automotive industry. The techniques have been used by mobile device manufacturers like Apple for many years.

Highlighting the construction of new lightweight doors, Gotta Be Mobile noted the shift to aluminum and magnesium from stainless steel. Aluminum and magnesium provide roughly the same structural support and integrity as stainless steel, but reduce the door’s weight by at least half. Stainless steel doors are made by combining two interlocking halves of a while door. By extruding and machining aluminum, Ford can produce a unibody component, similar to Apple’s construction of Macbooks and iPads.

Magnesium construction requires more expense in initial transition, but Gotta Be Mobile points out that it will reduce weight even more than the switch to aluminum. Many mobile design companies have used magnesium for some time to strengthen structural integrity in their devices.

Brian Lane

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Comments

  1. Gary Duerr says:

    EVs will not be popular if they have to be charged at home & are limited in range with no way to repenish the range on the road. There needs to be a summit of major U.S. manufacturers of vehicles of all types for the standarization of an interchangable battery scheme for cars, trucks, etc. This system should not require more substantial effort than filling up with Gas would. If we don’t do this we will be buying components from others because it is so obvious that someone will work it out,
    The first one with a way to establish this infrastructure wins. So let’s invent our way out of the paper bag, people! I have a drawing that I have submitted to GM through my Chevy dealer (Pellegrino, Westville, N.J.) to get the ball rolling.

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