So what would be an "Ideal Product" for the new alloy?
New here. Still doing my DD even while I have begun to dabble.
Could somebody help me with the following 'gedankengang' (thought walk):
Okay, usually, as an engineer, we are trying to determine the ideal material and process for a potential
product. (And usually we want it to fit with existing process equipment, materials... so if we are going to change /try something new we have to be pretty excited about something like total program cost saving while using a superior material.)
As I am trying to evaluate the various possible niches (beyond $7,000 watches :) ) for the new
alloy and its "default" process - I guess injection molding. The size of the products are therefore
limited by the capacity of the mold for the Engel machine just now.
given: (from Engel):
Our current machines are designed for 100 gram shot charges per cycle. Since LM001B has a density of 6.0 g/cm3, the current maximum alloy volume is 16.7cm3.
Hmmm, just thought about bicycle frames and maybe some of the components! Folks are charging and paying a fortune for latest and greatest frames and various mechanisms with favorable characteristics. Seems like a great experimental "playground" for new materials/mfg processes?
This gives me some new ideas to play around with. Need to keep digging & thinking on all this.
I was thinking more old school, and bigger stuff that I have worked with. I was excited as heck about the Pontiac Fiero design concept of frame and panels back when. Could anything like those plastic body panels be molded with one of the LM alloys? Could such a thing make sense? Could the panels be strong and still so thin to actually save weight?