VDMA’s Working Group Hybrid Lightweight Technologies deals with production processes of hybrid lightweight components by using fibre-reinforced composites and metals. In 25 technology profiles, members of the working group have summarised the current status of production and joining processes in hybrid lightweight construction.

The guide gives a quick overview of the established processes. Every technology is summarised in a short profile and explained via a schematic diagram with the processes’ basic conditions and parameters as well as their limitations of use. They are supplemented by specifications on possible material combinations, recyclability and application examples. The application potential of every material combination has been evaluated and assigned to the suitable production and joining processes.

The aim of multi-material design is to create economic construction components and end products with improved function. The big challenge is to optimally combine the different lightweight materials, but also to advance the automation of the production processes. This can be achieved either by production-integrated hybridisation or by subsequent joining of individual components to a hybrid complete system. – The guide emphasises the potential of hybrid lightweight technologies.