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LIFT to Investigate Technology Aimed at Automotive Frame Mass and Weight Reduction

Initiative seeks to demonstrate effectiveness of new method for extruding lightweight metallic tubing using friction stir welding rather than traditional extrusion press

DETROIT – LIFT – Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, along with industry and research partners, has announced a new project to investigate the use of new friction stir extrusion processing technology to manufacture automotive frames.

Compared to the traditional extrusion press method in which a metal is forced through a die at a consistent speed and temperature, the new process is expected to drastically reduce the mass and weight of automotive frames.