Nissan has announced it will use its new technologies to bring to the Japan market additional parts in the NISMO Heritage Parts programme, a series of genuine repair and replacement parts for discontinued vehicles. The new technologies include dual-sided die-less forming for body panels and 3-D printing for resin parts.
Nissan unveiled dual-sided die-less forming technology in October 2019 as a method of producing body panels in low volumes. The method enables the moulding of complex shapes through the use of robots pressing rod-shaped moulding tools onto opposite sides of a steel sheet to incrementally deform and mould a panel.
With this production method, Nissan plans to produce rear panels for the R32 Skyline GT-R.
Nissan said it created prototypes while incorporating the sheet metal know-how of skilled workers and used dual-sided die-less forming and non-lubricated processing with mirrored diamond-coated tools as a base. By working closely with its suppliers, Nissan said it has achieved the high-quality required for automobile parts.
The NISMO Heritage Parts programme, launched in December 2017, is part of Nissan’s efforts to enable customers to continue to drive their Nissan performance cars for a longer period of time. NISMO Heritage Parts are produced in collaboration with suppliers Nissan Motor Co, Nissan Motor Sports International Co (NISMO), and Autech Japan.
Nissan plans to continue to use technologies from the Nissan Research Center and its Production Engineering Research and Development Center to further expand the NISMO Heritage Parts programme.