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.


College for Creative Studies Detroit Plastics in Automotive Design Class

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College for Creative Studies (CCS) students and faculty show how plastics will be used to create lightweight and safe automotive innovations in the future.

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CCS College for Creative Studies Grace Hong 3D Fly Around

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Video of a CCS students' work as they show how the best minds in the future of design will incorporate lightweight, durable, flexible, strong and safe plastics and polymer composites to allow cars to meet future CAFE standards.

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CCS College for Creative Studies Geum Wook Lee 3D Fly Around

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Video of a CCS students' work as they show how the best minds in the future of design will incorporate lightweight, durable, flexible, strong and safe plastics and polymer composites to allow cars to meet future CAFE standards.

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First All-Plastic Liftgate in NA Nissan Rogue

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Plastics-Car.com interviews Automotive Experts Scott Ashwood (LyondellBasell) and Dana Hargitt (NISSAN VP) Grand Prize winners at the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards for the first North American all-plastic lift gate on the 2014 NISSAN Rogue.

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Racing Toward the Future of Auto Design (PlasticsNews)

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Each year, seniors in the automotive design program at Detroit's College for Creative Studies design future cars based on briefings from businesses. This year, the American Chemistry Council sponsored the fall program, led by instructors Joann Jung and Eric Stoddard. Watch this video of the 14 students and some of their designs.

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Losing Weight for the Climate's Sake; Heavy but Not Sluggish

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Major automakers also have a lot of ideas in the pipeline to make driving easier. View this exciting LANXESS video to learn more.

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CCS MFA Transportation: Mark West On Automotive Design Study

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Mark West, Chair of Transportation Design at College for Creative Studies Detroit talks about Automotive Design Study. Plastics-Car.com regularly works with CCS design students to enhance the future of automotive design and safety.

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Plastics in the Crumple Zone

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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.

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Cars of Tomorrow | Willem De Vos, SPE CEO

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The CEO of the Society of Plastics Engineers speaks about the PCIV's (Plastics Intensive Vehciles) of tomorrow designed and being shaped today.

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Plastics in Cars: Today and Tomorrow

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What does the future hold for plastics in vehicles? Check out this video. Learn more

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Plastics in Cars: Yesterday

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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.

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Class "A" Finish

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Plastics are shaping the cars of the future with these plastic car bumpers and Class A finishes. Learn more about auto body exteriors.

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Injury Prevention - The Crash Cage

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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.

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Plastic Fuel Tanks

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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.

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Passenger Impact Safety

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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.

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Inner Door Panel: Hip Safety + A Big Woofer

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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.

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Integral Front End

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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.

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Bumper Safety, Look and Feel

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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.

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Composite Load Floors

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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.

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Engine Manifolds

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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.

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Windshields Help Save Lives

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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.

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College for Creative Studies - Car Designers

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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.

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Why Plastic Composites in Automobiles? - George Racine Composites Caucus Briefing

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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.

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Peter Emrich Hill Presentation on Plastics and Composite Technologies

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Peter Emrich Hill Presentation on Plastics and Composite Technologies

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