From Prototypes to Mass – Smart Equipment Designed for the Reduction of Industrialization Barriers

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Motivation and Procedure

  • The success of innovative vehicle concepts depends on the competitive ability of industrialization.
  • The obstacles in the production of vehicles include the extremely sensitive number of units and investment-intensive production structures
  • Extraordinarily high costs: tools and devices
  • High potential for tools industry and fixture construction industry in Germany

Reseach objectives

Modular Tool for Shell

  • Configurable tool (tool life 2,000 to 25,000 pieces)
  • Applications for exemplary components of the plastic outer shell (roof /spoiler )
  • Case Study: Street Scooter

Scalable Device for Structural Work

  • Scalable welding devices for the space frame, for units from 2,000 to 25,000
  • Approach/idea : Travelling Jig
  • Case Study: StreetScooter

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Research and project partners

  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Werkzeugmaschinenlabor (WZL)
  • Institut für Schweißtechnik und Fügetechnik (ISF)
  • StreetScooter GmbH
  • Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie
  • FH Aachen
  • CP Autosport GmbH
  • Grunewald GmbH & Co. KG
  • Zebtec Automotive GmbH
  • Imperia GmbH
  • Bombardier Transportation
  • Kirchhoff Automotive
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