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Published: 10/1/2014

Onboard protection: Tough battery enclosure
Unique composite laminate provides crash protection for electric vehicle’s battery, occupants and first responders.

Published: 7/31/2014

Sitting pretty: Car seat concept scores a first
Automotive supplier’s reinforced thermoplastic back frame curtails weight and simplifies molding/styling tasks.

Published: 5/31/2014

BMW Leipzig: The epicenter of i3 production
A glimpse into the inner workings of an automaker at the forefront of serial-production autocomposites.

Published: 4/1/2014

Composites for heavy truck: Tough-duty inspection cover
Thermoplastic composite reduces weight, cost, corrosion, extends maintenance intervals.

Published: 11/30/2013

Natural fiber composite drives automotive sustainability
Coir felt greens an EV, improves lives in developing world.

Published: 8/31/2013

Formula 1 team optimizes car design-to-build process
FEA-to-CAD translation tool opens doors to cross-department communication and frees up time for R&D and test-piece manufacture.

Published: 7/31/2013

Revisioning the Viper: Clamshell hood challenge
Autoclave-cured carbon-fiber prepreg hood/fender combo proves as technically formidable as it is visually stunning.

Published: 4/1/2013

Hybrid thermoplastic molding: Toughening automotive composites
Tailored D-LFT with continuous and discontinuous glass offers best combination of strength, moldability.

Published: 4/1/2013

Chevy Volt battery pack: Rugged but precise
GM and partners engineer composites for this complex assembly with an accent on repeatability.

Published: 2/1/2013

Very Light Cars: Driving the future
X Prize-winning technology aims to change vehicle architecture.