Electromobility, autonomous driving, connected vehicles, and sustainable mobility are the guiding principles of the automotive industry. They also have an impact on the requirements of components. With this front end, KURZ has developed a solution that scores with several advantages: High design flexibility, maximum functionality, CO2-reducing process.
One particular challenge was to produce and decorate the impressive dimensions of the front panel (w x h x d: 1,130 x 290 x 160 mm) in just a single work step. This was achieved using the highly efficient In-Mold Decoration (IMD), which reduces the CO2 footprint by up to 70 percent. IMD can be combined with various hybrid technologies. In this case, the front panel was made translucent using laser etching - a process for laser removal of coating areas. This allows backlighting and design effects to deliver unique brand statements and at the same time support communication with other road users.
The surface is also radar/LiDAR permeable, making it perfect for the future of mobility. The front panel is made from a polycarbonate base and is recyclable as a complete component.