Automotive Design and Production

APR 2018

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NOTABLE Erratum The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine in the 2018 Ford Expedition Platinum doesn't produce 4,000 hp (!), but a more reasonable—but still robust— 400 hp. We regret the error that appears in the January 2018 issue. Dürr Heats the Inside for a Better Exterior Finish Although you might think of getting a high-quality exterior paint surface on a vehicle is all about the exterior surface, according to Dürr Group ( durr. com ), the interior surfaces of the body are important, and the technology that they've developed, called EcoInCure, will be deployed for the first time at the ŠKODA Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic, plant in June 2019. According to Dürr, the EcoInCure oven is equipped with nozzles that direct hot air into the inside of a vehicle body via the windshield opening. This heating allows the paint that's applied to the exterior to have high quality and consistency across the surfaces. In addition to which, the amount of electrical energy required for heating is reduced by 25 percent and the ability to regulate the drying temperature is more precise than is otherwise the case. Dürr is providing the paint shop for the ŠKODA plant—not only the equipment, but the building and even the MES system software that's used to monitor the operations (iTAC. MES.Suite). Pretreatment and electrocoating of the bodies will be performed by the Rodip E rotational dip process. Then all coatings—from the base coat to the clear coat—are applied with EcoRP third-generation robots. There are 61 in all. Exterior painting will be handled by the EcoRP E043i, which is said to be the first paint - ing robot where the seventh axis is integrated into the robot's kinematics; interior painting stations use the six-axis EcoRP L133i. For application the robots are equipped with the EcoBell3 atomizer series and the EcoBell Cleaner D2 and the EcoLCC2 color changer. Sealing of gaps and seams will be performed by 19 EcoRS sealing robots that will be equipped with the EcoGun2 3D or, for dealing with hem flanges on doors and hoods, special nozzles. By heating the inside of the body, the exterior paint surface is said to be better, according to supplier Dürr. The first application of the EcoInCure oven will be in a new paint shop that Dürr is building for ŠKODA in the Czech Republic. SLM Solutions NA, Inc. www.slm-solutions.us I info@slm-solutions.us I 248-243-5400 From light weight materials and new designs of engine and transmission components to chassis parts and even tire mold segments, selective laser melting reduces development time and eliminates the need for tooling, opening up new possibilities for performance enhancements and weight savings in vehicles. With build volumes up to 22% larger and build time efficiencies up to 70% faster than the competition, SLM Solutions' offers full support for customers featuring a development lab, application engineering team, staff metallurgist and service engineers located around the country to enhance your capabilities with multi-laser selective laser melting for high quality metal parts from the lab to production! More Laser Power, Larger Build Envelope, Faster Build Speeds The Most Productive Metal Additive Manufacturing Systems Free White Paper: Making the Case for Metal 3D Printing https://goo.gl/Ub8KT6 Visit SLM Solutions at these shows: RAPID | Fort Worth | Apr 24-26 | Booth 1004 Smart Mfg | Boston | Apr 30-3 | Booth 1024 IMTS | Chicago | Sep 10-15 | Booth 43-2304 SLM Solutions is a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing systems and technology that support fast and flexible metal part production for the aerospace, automotive, energy, research and medical industries. SLM systems define the gold standard for best-in-class operator safety and top speeds through multiple laser configurations and a patented, bi-directional recoater. 18 GEAR

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