Laser Application In Car Industry
Honda Motor Co. is rolling out a new laser cutting method for body panel parts that is more flexible than traditional stamping, enabling the Japanese carmaker to make small-batch, niche vehicles more profitably. Honda says it is the world's first use of such laser cutting in vehicle mass production.
Honda Motor Co. (Tokyo, Japan) will employ laser cutting in mass-producing body panel parts for its Fit hatchback, Vezel crossover, Grace sedan, and Shuttle wagon vehicles. The laser cutting method is more advantageous than stamping, as it can be quickly updated by reprogramming a computer for a new body panel shape, saving time and money. The method also can produce tens of thousands of body panels per day.