Advantages of the Quick Plastic Forming (QPF) Process for Aluminum Component Production
Published on 30 Oct, 2015
Vehicle weight can be reduced by replacing steel with aluminum in components such as trunk lids and door inners. However, manufacturing processes' current abilities to form complex shapes from aluminum are quite limited.
To solve this issue, General motors collaborated with VTP and Kaiser Aluminum to develop a Quick Plastic Forming (QPF) process capable of producing aluminum closure panels at high volumes. The technology has been successfully implemented for automotive lift gates and deck lids with complex shapes.
For more information, look up our report on Weight Reduction Technologies in the Automotive Industry