GM displaying lightweight material in Chevy Stingray

Jan 14, 2014 | 12:55 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  General Motors, patents, aluminum spot welding, shape-memory alloys, Corvette Stingray, lightweight solutions, John Lauckner, Patent Board aluminum

CHICAGO — General Motors Co.’s patent for an aluminum-welding process used on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is one example of how the automaker is driving more of its inventions into real-world applications.

GM is also using a lightweight shape-memory alloy wire instead of a heavier motorized actuator to open and close the Stingray’s hatch vent, which allows the trunk lid to close more easily. The automaker calls both measures industry firsts.....

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