The demonstrator brought into this test case is a steering pinion housing for the automotive
industry. The pinion cast from Al and Mg alloys, reinforced by SiC NPs, must meet the
material characteristics of the OEM and Tier 1 industries, providing a substantial weight
saving respect to steel pinion and reducing the material needed to produce the part thus
providing a market advantage for TC6 partner(Hidria) in the automotive supply chain.
TC6 entered in two different pilot lines, GSC (ÖGI) and HPDC (UBRUN) and both used an Al-based SiC reinforced powder masterbatch, provided by MBN and developed in TC 1.