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Support Center Console
Name of Part or Process: Support Center Console
This magnesium diecasting combines low weight with high stability and geometric flexibility to combine many mounting requirements on one center part. Compared to predecessor plastic or alloy components, this magnesium diecasting significantly shortens the finishing process with no machining required. A standard vehicle utilizes a front support console weighing 2.4 kg and a long-version vehicle utilizes a combined console weighing 4.5 kg and almost 2 m long.
Name of Part or Process: Bicycle Rim
Strut Brace for Front Bumpers
Name of Part or Process: Strut Brace for Front Bumpers
The magnesium strut brace provides a 28% weight reduction and higher dimensional stability compared to its predecessor aluminum component. This large magnesium component (935 mm x 320 mm; 1.24 kg) is produced in a 7 kN hot chamber diecasting machine. The hot chamber process facilitates lower cost through smaller casting tools, longer die life and faster casting rates.
Medical Grade Magnesium Wire
Name of Part or Process: Scalable Medical-Grade Magnesium Wire
Absorbable implants made of magnesium alloys may revolutionize surgical intervention, and fine magnesium wire will be critical to many applications. Alloy chemistry and thermomechanical processing conditions will significantly impact a material’s functional performance. For medical devices, fine diameters and precise tolerances are critical, and in many cases can only be achieved through cold wire drawing. Fort Wayne Metals has conducted significant research regarding cold wire drawing of WE43 and other magnesium alloys..