Magnesium Awards of Excellence 2018
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Mg Showcase: 2018 Award Winners (PDF 3.8 MB) - An IMA whitepaper showcasing the 2018 IMA Award of Excellence Winners.


Automotive Cast Product Design Category
Commercial Cast Product Category
Process Category
Wrought Product Category


Automotive Cast Product Design Category

Support Center Console
GF Casting Solutions AG
GF Casting Solutions Altenmarkt GmbH & Co. KG

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Name of Part or Process: Support Center Console
Product Using Part: Audi A8
Function of Part: The center console is the connecting part between the cockpit and vehicle base frame
Alloy Used: AM50

Support Center Console

DESCRIPTION

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.

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Commercial Cast Product Category

Bicycle Rim
Guangzhou Magnesium Metal Technology Co

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Name of Part or Process: Bicycle Rim
Product Using Part: Mobike – bicycle sharing
Function of Part: Lightweight, shock-absorbing wheel
Alloy Used: AM60B

Bicycle Rim

DESCRIPTION

  1. Over 10 million magnesium rims in use on shared bicycles.
  2. Cast rims provide a low maintenance option for shared bicycles.

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Process Category

Strut Brace for Front Bumpers
ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG
STIHL Magnesium Druckguss

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Name of Part or Process: Strut Brace for Front Bumpers
Product Using Part: Audi A8
Function of Part: Provides transverse support between the front bumpers and stiffness at the front end of the vehicle
Alloy Used: AZ91 HP

Strut Brace for Front Bumpers

DESCRIPTION

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.

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Wrought Product Category

Medical Grade Magnesium Wire
Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corp

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Name of Part or Process: Scalable Medical-Grade Magnesium Wire
Product Using Part: Biomedical implants such as sutures, staples and cardiovascular stents
Function of Part: Absorbable magnesium wire provides necessary mechanical support, tissue tolerance and biodegradability for certain biomedical implants
Alloy Used: WE43

Scalable Medical-Grade Magnesium Wire

DESCRIPTION

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..

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