Vehicles (land, air & sea) carrying excessive or even slightly redundant weight can cause serious difficulties and financial problems for manufacturers, service providers and end-users alike.
Electric vehicles require charging more regularly the heavier the vehicle is.
NASA claims today it costs $10,000 to launch 1 pound (0.45Kg) of payload into Earth's orbit.
At the Spa Francorchamps race, it was found that every 1kg of weight is +0.025s laptime for a hyper car per lap. In other words, every additional 40Kg is +1s laptime.
The Benefits Of Lightweighting
We are obsessed with reducing weight through lightweighting. The aim of lightweighting design is to maximise the strength to weight ratios or stiffness to weight ratios (or both!) of all parts used in a structure or vehicle. The cumulative effect of all these lightweight parts in conjunction is to solve all the problems, and more, as listed above.
10% weight saved off a modern F1 car (734kg) is equivalent to 1.85s laptime reduction, per lap.
Space vehicles that weigh less will facilitate further exploration and scientific findings.
When it comes to planes, lighter weight means less fuel required for green credentials, lower CO2 emissions, lower fuel cost for airlines, and increased profitability which will ultimately lead to reduced cost of flight for travellers.
Electric vehicles require less charging the less it weighs. They can also travel at greater speeds when lighter.
Since margins between winning and losing are often incredibly small, it is imperative that your racing car weighs less whilst improving speed and durability.
Increase the durability of your products through reduced weight stress on various components.
For most vehicles - land, air, and sea - the aim is to increase overall vehicle efficiency through 3 of the most important design factors:
Engine performance; and
Lighter parts means:
Reduced force or load required for a given acceleration;
Reduced stresses - parts can be thinned, redundant bolts and fixings removed and reduced in size which leads to even more weight savings, and a positive benefit feedback loop;
Structural efficiency - we create even stress distributions throughout the whole part.
Lightweighting is the designing and creating of parts, structures, and vehicles that can achieve more with less. Save on fuel, time, and costs with innovative lightweighting.
//// The AS Pro Process
If your company identifies a new problem to solve for a specific target market, creates a design brief, or the product is already being designed, you can still turn to AS Pro. Here are the phases from there on.
1. Initial Consultation And Design Phase
During our initial consultation and design feasibility phase, we seek to fully understand the problem your product aims to solve, and explore the viability of the underlying proposed design concept and solution.
2. Engineering Analysis and Detailed Design Phase
The design concept is taken into the engineering analysis and detailed design phase. Here, an initial idea is developed into a complete package of technical drawings that are ready for prototype manufacturing. Any structural or safety concerns will also be evaluated and addressed at this stage.
3. First Physical Prototype And Test
A first-off physical prototype is manufactured to the drawings we created, and tested against the functional requirements set-out in the design brief.
4. Development Feedback-LoopHow do you get started?
A development feedback-loop is added to correct any problems discovered during testing, refine and improve any design or manufacturing issues, and possibly reduce the manufacturing costs of producing and shipping the product if required. The product is re-tested and evaluated, and if successful, the design is frozen.
Your new product is manufactured in the volumes required, and either distributed for retail or delivered to the base of operations.
//// Lightweighting FAQs
Can I Turn To AS Pro From The Moment Of Initial Concept?
Yes. You can involve AS Pro from that “blank sheet” idea moment. You can still involve AS Pro from the conceptual, problem solving, and feasibility stage of product design or when preliminary concepts exist, either generated by design studios, or aero concepts created by aerodynamic consultancies that need help manufacturing and turning their designs into reality.
Can I Turn To AS Pro If My Product Has Been Tested And Found Too Heavy?
Yes. You can turn to AS Pro during your product development process when an existing product is tested and found to be too heavy for its functional requirements, and requires further design development to become lighter.
Why Is Carbon Fibre An Asset?
In addition to excellent mechanical properties (both high modulus and high strength), the additional benefits of carbon fibre include non-corrosion and a formability to create complex shapes.
//// Why Choose AS Pro?
AS Pro aims to deliver exceptional lightweighting innovations to the following manufacturers:
In other words, if you manufacture vehicles for land, air, sea, or space, turn to AS Pro for engineering and lightweighting solutions.
Experience We have world-class engineering capabilities and expertise, with a proven track record of delivering lightweight design solutions to world-class clients such as Mercedes F1, Ferrari F1, Toyota LMP1, and Koenigsegg Automotive.
Proven Process We have the resources and capabilities required to transform your idea and blank sheet of paper into a lightweight design and physical prototype.
Client-First Mindset We're not interested in the volume production element of the job. As a specialist, design-only engineering consultancy, we support you as our client through designs that utilise manufacturing methods best suited to your needs. This ensures that your project objectives are continually and successfully achieved.
We supply all of our clients with the complete manufacturing and technical information required for procurement. This allows you to globally source and manufacture your own high-quality parts, working with suppliers whose costs and production schedules best compliment your own budgets and timelines.