3D printing in the automotive sector

The use of 3D printers in your company is primarily for:

  • Improved prototyping
  • Reducing time and labour costs
  • The production of final products and easy post-production

The high strength and application of the same thermoplastic materials as in traditional production methods makes 3D printing successful in the automotive sector. 3D printing has been used in the automotive sector since the 1980s, and the increasing working area – 500 x 500 x 500 mm in Factory 2.0 Production System – provides the ability to create large final pieces or a series of smaller items in one printing process.

3D printing in the automotive sector can increase efficiency greatly in several areas. It works well in prototyping when it is necessary to verify a design or assembly and test tooling, as well as in the creation of final parts and spare parts for machines – those that are not currently available in stock or the cost of a single production or purchase is very high.

3D printing allows the time and cost of production of components to be optimised, and also allows early problems in the design of prototypes to be found quickly corrected. 3D printing also reduces material losses and ultimately reduces the weight of a vehicle or its parts. Thanks to small series production, professional equipment can be created for special vehicles such as ambulances and police vehicles, as well as final parts for racing cars and other specialist vehicles.

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