Carbon fiber will soon be used more in BMW’s future models after having developed new processing and production techniques that make it a viable material to be used in large-scale automotive production. Carbon fiber lessens weight, improving performance and efficiency. It also gives the vehicle a more rigid structure so it actually boosts safety.
The new BMW i3 will soon be launched. It’s the first series production car to use carbon fiber in a major. Actually, carbon fiber is used for all of its body structure. The next model to be launched is the i8 sports car, which uses carbon fiber in its structure too. Carbon fiber has previously had a reputation of being too expensive, time-consuming, and difficult to make use of in considerable amounts in cars that are mass-produced.
But after more than a decade of research, BMW has become enough of an expert of lessening the processing time of carbon-fibre components and panels, even complex ones, to a brief amount of time to permit high volume production. Harald Krueger, the board member of the BMW Group, said that the company has been successful at decreasing the manufacturing costs for carbon-fibre body parts by up to 50% compared with the initial industrial production of carbon-fibre M3 roofs.
He added that the manufacturing concept for the M3 roof was the first to cut production time to just minutes and guarantee the required quality in series production. He said that in the BMW i3, the company was able to decrease production cycle times for carbon-fibre body components by 30% more. BMW is able to manufacture carbon fiber on this scale due to major strides in new bonding techniques, permitting carbon-fibre parts to be bonded faster, and a new panel processing system that leads to shorter manufacturing times.