04 Apr '11, 1pm

Bubble-Infused Plastic Could Help Make Ford's Cars 750 Pounds Lighter

Bubble-Infused Plastic Could Help Make Ford's Cars 750 Pounds Lighter

Still, that 10% weight reduction could help Ford meet its goals of eventually shaving off anywhere from 250 to 750 pounds from an average car. Ford is hoping to incorporate the MuCell-made plastic into all its vehicles by 2020. Luxury brands like Cadillac are circling, too. So why are they suddenly interested in MuCell's microcellular foaming technology, which was actually invented nearly two decades ago at MIT before being commercialized by Trexel? Two simple words that matter now much more than they did in 1995: "Sustainability initiatives," says Levi Kishbaugh, VP of Engineering at Trexel. "Automakers like Ford have sampled the MuCell process over the past decade and have achieved good results, and now they are taking the next steps toward widespread adoption." Kishbaugh says that when MuCell is incorporated into part design and mechanical tolerances from the get-go (ra...

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care2.com 04 Apr '11, 1pm

**This article is drawn from a speech by Daniella Dimitrova Russo at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Haw...