THE CAR OF THE FUTURE

Thermoplastic composites for a space-saving, modular table

The objective of Covestro company was to construct a normal-sized table that is as thin as an Ultrabook

New forms of mobility will turn the car of the future into a multifunctional, mobile living and working space. In the interior, there will be new functions, a trend towards individualization, but also the desire to make the best and most comfortable use of space.

To make this new "living space" functional, flexible and appealing, Covestro uses a continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite (CFRTP).

Its Maezio® material is extremely robust and lightweight, while also providing outstanding opportunities for high-quality and aesthetic design. One such current example of what is possible is a space-saving, modular table concept for autonomous vehicles.

Covestro has developed it in cooperation with the mechanical and process technology provider Engel Austria and Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe as a direct supplier to the automotive industry.

The objective was to construct a normal-sized table that is as thin as an Ultrabook, and can be stowed just as easily, for instance between the back seats, but is mechanically extremely durable.

This table measures 41 cm in length and 32 cm in width, with its thickness increasing from 5 mm on the outer edge towards the inside to 10 mm – which is less than half the thickness of conventional car tables. The later fitting of hinges, already accounted for in the molding process, and ready-molded trays for pen and tablet reduce the number of components and save weight.

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