3D Printing for Automotive
3D printers for the automotive industry
The automotive sector is one of the major industries where 3D printing is becoming increasingly involved. Additive manufacturing is building the cars of tomorrow: witness the increasing investments in this field in the production of complex automotive components.
New mobility solutions, rapid innovation needs, along with growing environmental and economic sensitivities are redefining industry standards and pushing the automotive industry to design and manufacture with 3D printing more and more components.
With the introduction of this new, increasingly high-performance technology, the automotive industry is focusing on reducing lead times
to develop vehicle models such that competitive advantages and reduced product development costs are achieved.
Projects by major automakers such as Daimler, VW, Porsche, Audi, and Rolls-Royce aim to fabricate various components from metal, carbon fiber, and aircraft structures.
New technologies are creating new challenges and opportunities in the automotive field. Additive manufacturing comes into play in producing competitive advantages, optimizing production and performance, designing and manufacturing new prototypes and parts quickly and efficiently, and ensuring maximum design customization even to handle geometric and structural complexities.
The future of automotive lies in 3D printing.
Reduction in time from concept design to manufacturing even in large volumes compared with previous manufacturing processes.
Achieving maximum strength with lightweight materials, minimizing scrap by handling even complex geometries
Production of unique molded parts, minimize the number of assemblies and welding steps, reducing production time and making the part less likely to have weaker points.
Reproduce spare parts as needed, including parts that are no longer on the market, thanks to 3D scanning and 3D printing.
Weight reduction of components: a lighter car means having a car that performs better, consumes less fuel, and is consequently more sustainable.
3D printing in the automotive field is increasingly being used to cut costs and produce short-run batches at lower costs.
Need in creating prototypes and final parts with complex geometries that are strong, thin and light. Ensuring the customization of unique design elements to meet every customer need.