Videos: Plastics in Automotives
Cool new developments in materials for automotives can help make cars, lightweight, energy efficient, and safe while adding value in comfort, noise control, and performance.
View these videos below to learn more about the important role of plastics in autos:
- Plastics in the Crumple Zone
- Cars of Tomorrow | Willem De Vos, SPE CEO
- Plastics in Cars: Today and Tomorrow
- Plastics in Cars: Yesterday
- Class "A" Finish
- Injury Prevention - The Crash Cage
- Plastic Fuel Tanks
- Passenger Impact Safety
- Inner Door Panel: Hip Safety + A Big Woofer
- Integral Front End
- Bumper Safety, Look and Feel
- Composite Load Floors
- Engine Manifolds
- Windshields Help Save Lives
- College for Creative Studies - Car Designers
- Why Plastic Composites in Automobiles? - George Racine Composites Caucus Briefing
- Peter Emrich Hill Presentation on Plastics and Composite Technologies
Crumple zones are structural areas in the front and sometimes rear of a vehicle that are designed to absorb energy upon impact in a predictable way. Learn more.
The CEO of the Society of Plastics Engineers speaks about the PCIV's (Plastics Intensive Vehciles) of tomorrow designed and being shaped today.
What does the future hold for plastics in vehicles? Check out this video. Learn more
Bet you did not know plastics in autos go back as far as 1968, yep, the front grill of the Camaro was plastic! You know plastics form the years past here is a quick visual history.
Plastics are shaping the cars of the future with these plastic car bumpers and Class A finishes. Learn more about auto body exteriors.
Some plastics are designed to help contribute to occupant safety during unexpected impacts. Plastics can fortify car chassis designs and help keep you safe. Learn more about auto safety and plastics.
Today, plastics can allow engineers to design the car first and the gas tank afterwards because of innovative, customized plastic molding that can take advantage of leftover space. Learn more about plastic car parts and fuel economy.
Plastic instrument panels, pillar covers, and headliners contribute to occupant safety and can provide additional head impact protection in a car crash. Car interior plastics are helping cars to be more comfortable and safe for passengers. Learn more about car safety and plastics.
Plastic door parts can actually help amplify the sound in the car, acting like an extension of the speakers yet the same plastic parts can act like a collapsible energy absorber during a side impact crash. Learn more about plastic car parts and car interior design.
Check out an integral front end; a marriage of plastics with other materials maintaining safety while reducing weight. Learn more about automobile safety and plastic car parts.
A molded bumper system like this can reduce parts and is supported by a lightweight foam plastic energy absorber, which can save you money if it needs to be replaced after a fender-bender. These plastic bumpers can also help with fuel economy. Learn more about plastic car bumpers.
To save on fuel, one of the first things manufacturers look for is weight reduction, like in this van’s load floor. It uses plastic components to help increase fuel economy. Learn more about plastics used in car interiors.
Plastics can help cars gain power and lose weight by using plastic manifolds in the engine to increase air flow to the cylinders. Learn more about engine powertrains.
There is a durable and strong layer of plastic between layers of glass that make up the windshield. That plastic combined with the plastic adhesive that holds the windshield in place can help prevent passengers from leaving the vehicle through the windshield during a crash.” Learn more about car body plastics and auto glass.
See bright and creative students at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) present cars of the future, made possible by plastics. Learn more about the CCS projects.
Here, ACC's Auto Team presents to U.S. Congressional Staffers some of the latest facts and figures about automotive plastics and composites. View an additional video on lightweighting with carbon fiber plastic composites presented to Hill staffers.