Liquid X has unveiled at Automotive Interiors Expo North America its printed heated panels that are integrated directly into the manufacturing process to produce surface warmth for auto interiors.
The debut application provides heated surface solutions for more efficient thermal management. According to Liquid X president and CEO Greg Babe, drivers and passengers feel the warmth and comfort of the cabin much faster with surface heaters.
Meanwhile, a report from the Connected Electric Vehicle Optimized for Life, Value, Efficiency and Range (CEVOLVER) – an EU-funded consortium involving research, service and industry partners such as Ford, FCA and Bosch, with the goal to optimize the development and operation of electric vehicles by taking a user-centric approach – showed that heated surfaces reduce energy consumption by 13%. Another key finding on thermal management was that heated surfaces such as door panels and headrests are more efficient than heated air and heat up much faster.
This technology will offer engineers an efficient path to reduce energy consumption, allowing electric vehicles to travel further on a single charge. The integration will also reduce heat loss in vehicles with frequently opened doors, such as delivery trucks.
The team at Liquid X worked in tandem with R+S Automotive to bring this technology to the market. Through the collaboration, the companies bring together underlying technology, engineering know-how and manufacturing equipment to develop the next evolution of heated surface solutions.
Liquid X is an innovation lab that uses additive manufacturing to create next-generation electronics. With its proprietary conductive ink and experienced team, Liquid X works to solve its customers’ problems by enabling rapid innovation cycles to accelerate the R&D process and take applications from concept to commercialization.
Meet Liquid X at Booth A308.