EDAG, voestalpine, and Simufact
In a common innovation project called LightHinge+, EDAG Engineering, voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center and Simufact Engineering jointly developed a new hood hinge. The project team used the extended possibilities of additive production in order to re-think the component, to re-construct it and subsequently to manufacture it additively. As a result, the new hinge was built with 50% weight reduction compared to the original part, and with the additional advantage to have nearly the entire pedestrian protection functionality integrated within one part. It takes fewer component parts and less assembly steps to build the new hood hinge.
The design was done supported by topology optimization, which finally led to a bionic-like extremely filigree and lightweight structure. Such parts can only be reasonably produced by utilization of AM technology.