The scientific-technical magazine on metallurgy and metallomechanics “TecnoMetal” published, under the heading "Innovation and Design", an article about the LaTCh II project, developed by INEGI
, in partnership with Moliporex, MCG and Cadflow.
Based on the project’s example, the article - available HERE
- addresses the challenges and advantages of investing in composite materials to reduce the weight of car components as a way to increase the vehicles’ energy efficiency.
The result of the LaTCh II project was the production of a suspension arm reinforced with thermoplastic matrix composite materials, 44% lighter than the steel reference arm
. The developed product combines composite materials and metal elements through a manufacturing process that ensures competitive costs (with the convergence of hot stamping and over-injection technologies in a one-shot process).
INEGI contributed to the project by the study of materials and structural optimization for product development, the implementation of new manufacturing processes and the prototypes’ creation.