Lightweight Design worldwide

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 44–49 | Cite as

Manufacturing and Characterisation of High-strength Plastic-metal Hybrids

  • Leo Hoffmann
  • Birgit Faißt
  • Kim Kose
  • Fred Eggers
Production Laser-Supported Production

Metals and plastics have long since been rival materials when it comes to “plastic substituting metal”. Well-known exceptions to this rule include insert and outsert technology. This is primarily based on integrating locally arranged elements of the single material component into associated structures of the other material.

Plastic structures verifiably boost the performance of metallic designs by optimally transferring the forces exerted into the component and distributing them within the same. The high elasticity of plastic means that plastic-metal compounds also excel when it comes to absorbing impact stresses. For all these reasons, plastic-metal hybrid structures also offer clear cost and weight advantages when compared to similar purely metallic equivalents, and the greater the extent to which the additional functions are incorporated into the component, the more prominent the benefits mentioned.

Meanwhile, production applications are prioritised by the automotive industry...


Undercut Adhesive Bond Torsional Test Metallic Component Torsional Rigidity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leo Hoffmann
    • 1
  • Birgit Faißt
    • 2
  • Kim Kose
    • 3
  • Fred Eggers
    • 4
  1. 1.Neue Materialien Fürth GmbHGermany
  2. 2.TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbHDitzingenGermany
  3. 3.Fahrzeugindustrie mbHBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Daimler AGHamburgGermany

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