As auto parts get smaller, lighter and more challenging to produce, will part manufacturers hit the wall with conventional machining processes? That day is a long ways off, but designers and researchers are already looking for new ways to push the limits of manufacturing.
Richard Pierce, president and CEO of laser machine builder Raydiance Inc., Petaluma, Calif., said his company is interested in creating a new form of precision. Raydiance has been closely involved with the Department of Energy and Delphi Automotive Systems in the development of next-generation gasoline direct-injection fuel injectors, or GDi. » READ MORE