The automotive industry is evolving, turning to new technology and materials as the demand for electric and hybrid vehicles increases. Consequently, casting manufacturers are tasked with fulfilling changing component supply requirements – without increasing production costs or reducing productivity.
As EV and hybrid manufacturers strive to improve vehicle range and performance, reducing vehicle weight becomes an increasingly important issue. Electrification is driving the requirement for structural and driveline components made from light-weight materials such as aluminium to offset additional battery weight.
Advances in casting technology have made it possible to fulfil the requirement for large and more complex aluminium parts, but do not eliminate the manufacturing process challenges typically associated with the casting of light-weight materials: in particular, porosity.