Nissan teaches robots to make replacement parts for cars
Nissan has developed a new way to use robots to make car parts out of sheet steel.
Nissan hopes to commercialize the proprietary technique, known as "dual-sided dieless forming". The technique involves two synchronized robots working from opposite sides of a steel sheet, using diamond-coated tools to gradually shape the steel.
Thanks to its flexible production, short lead times and minimal upfront costs, the new technique could make it commercially viable to produce and sell a wide variety of after-service and replacement parts in small volumes for cars that Nissan no longer makes.
The new technique was made possible thanks to the production engineering expertise at Nissan’s Production Engineering Research and Development Center, along with advancements in materials technology by Nissan’s Research Division.