Light weighting is arguably the biggest challenge and opportunity facing vehicle manufacturers today. As you’ll know, it’s about achieving better fuel efficiency and handling by building cars and vans that are less heavy.
Also known as vehicle weight reduction or mass reduction, it’s tricky but achievable, and there have already been some incredible success stories, including GM, who have launched 14 new vehicles since 2016 with a total mass reduction in weight of over 5,000 pounds. It’s an exciting time for transportation, and light weighting looks set to continue its mission to revolutionise how products are shipped across the globe.
A Flowdrill friction drill uses rotational speed and axial force to locally create frictional heat. It plasticises the metal and forms accurate bushings in seconds.
It is made of a sintered Tungsten Carbide powder to a hard metal tool.
CNC controlled: attempts in:
By hand similar amount of holes are accessible. Though to be taken into consideration in particular are:
Theoretically yes - however as a rule, the necessary.
Reasons for not hand drilling:
In particular as a time and cost saving alternative with at the same time higher quality in comparison, e.g. to the sweat, press and rivet joins or other cut threads.
The most varied application possibilities thereby arise in the whole metal processing industry; everywhere where sheet metals or tins are worked on and processed (see the ADS book).
Typical sectors and application examples: