Additive Manufacturing (AM) has brought a lot of progress in the recent decades for a wide range of applications within the industry, biomedical sector and consumer market. The main advantages of this technology are the great freedom of form with minimal use of material.
You would like to (partially) automate/robotise your welding department but you have doubts...
Your welding department has already been automated but you want to further optimise this (for smaller series, etc.)...
STEEL S4 EV aims at putting high strength steels at the forefront of a new trend in electric vehicles: light vehicles with three or four wheels that comply with crash regulation and with more restrictive Euro NCAP demands. Weld joint design and welding methodologies research to maintain the material properties in the weld area, assuring robustness and long term durability. Cost-effective low-investment manufacturing will be achieved by a modular and flexible structural design: a complex 3D skeleton frame of welded tubes, bent with high accuracy using programmed laser cuts will enable the production of different vehicles sharing the same tooling.