The collaboration leverages additive manufacturing to accelerate development of automotive structural thermoplastic products. Lehvoss North America LLC, a provider of high-performance compounds and 3D-printing materials located in Pawcatuck, CT, has announced a formal collaboration with Forward Engineering North America (FENA) LLC.
The Royal Oak, MI–based company is a newly established division of Forward Engineering GmbH, a global engineering and consulting firm specializing in enabling the cost-effective inclusion of fiber-reinforced polymer composites in mass-produced automotive structures. The collaboration between the two companies aims to fill a “knowledge gap” in design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) in support of the automotive industry by providing guidance in translating performance characteristics between additive manufacturing (AM) parts and injection molded parts. One of the challenges in using 3D-printed parts as structural automotive components has been the relative lack of materials that emulate the performance characteristics of highly filled structural and semi-structural resin compounds used in […]
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