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Trends in Materials

Vehicles today are becoming “hybrids” of construction. Here’s a closer look at aluminum, magnesium, carbon fiber and steel and the roles these advanced materials play in the modern automobile.


Writer Mike West, a contributing editor to BodyShop Business, retired and closed his shop in Seattle, Wash., on July 1, 2011, after more than 40 years in collision repair. The mayor of Tukwila declared that day “Mike West Day” to honor West for his 39 years as a businessman in the city. He is keeping active by restoring a 1933 Rockne Sedan Delivery and a 1934 Pierce-Arrow Rumble Seat Coupe. He plans to continue administering the I-CAR in-shop welding series in the Western Washington area.

1. Aluminum cast nodes for space frame type construction for the Audi A8.2. Extruded aluminum.3. Aluminum provides a 30 percent weight reduction compared to steel.4. Aluminum repair temperature ranges from 400
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