The new tools will allow car-body construction a more stable, precise and faster process.
Audi Toolmaking has developed a new generation of tools. The tools come with structures that improve the transmission of forces. In addition the tools improve the composite construction methods used in car-body construction.
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According to Audi, the new tools are up to eight tons lighter. It makes the tools up to 20 percent lighter and ten percent more stable than the previous generation.
The new tools are also more stable than their predecessors. The new tools will make the processing of sheet metal in the presses faster and more precise.
With their new tools Audi Toolmaking is racing into the future. Audi revealed the new tools are already being used at the press shop in Ingolstadt.
Conventional car construction tools are made completely of cast iron and weigh up to 45 tons. The new tools are lightweight because of ideal mix and distribution of different materials.
The materials used for the new tools are cast iron, aluminum and plastics. The tools were made using Audi’s lightweight construction platform used in automobile engineering.
The platform has a principle where it uses the right material in the right place in the right quantity. Audi also employs innovative manufacturing methods such as metallic 3D printing.
According to Audi, the new tools allow faster, more precise processing of sheet metal. The new tools are also subject to less wear and tear and are more stable.
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Michael Breme is the Head of Toolmaking at AUDI AG. According to Breme with the new tools they are setting new standards at Audi Toolmaking.