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3D Printing Automotive

The development cycle of a car usually takes 3-5 years, but in the face of fierce competition in the automotive market, such a long period of time could be very harmful to car manufacturers. Therefore, all major car companies are trying to find ways to shorten the vehicle development cycle. The root cause of the long R&D cycle of automobiles is the long processing and manufacturing cycle of automotive components and the high cost of pre-design and development of automotive components. These shortcomings have limited the development of the automotive industry.

As a major symbol of the Industry 4.0 era, the rapid development of 3D printing technology will certainly provide a better boost to the development of the automotive manufacturing industry. At present, the application of 3D printing technology in the automotive industry is no longer limited to simple conceptual model design, but is developing towards more functional parts, penetrating into various areas of automotive parts. For example, car grilles, car dashboards, air conditioning ducts, air intake manifolds, hoods, decorative parts, lights, etc. have been made using 3D printing technology to produce prototypes or mass production parts.

The application of automobile 3D printing technology to the development process of automobile 3D model parts can quickly verify the working principle and feasibility of complex parts, which not only saves the process of mold development, but also reduces time and capital investment. The research and development cycle of traditional auto parts is usually more than 45 days, while 3D printing can complete the development and verification process of parts in 1-7 days, which can greatly improve the research and development efficiency of new products. And 3D printing does not require molds in the process of developing parts, which can save a lot of costs.

At present, automotive 3D printing technology is used in automotive R&D and trial production of parts embodied in automotive grilles, automotive 3D models, automotive 3D printing fixtures, automotive dashboards, air conditioning pipes, intake manifolds, hoods, decorative parts, lights, car tires, etc.

The Application Of Automotive 3D Printing

With the increasing demand for lightweight, personalised and intelligent automotive components, there are more and more special designs in automotive components. These special designs have higher requirements for the manufacturing process, because of the limitations of the traditional manufacturing process, these special designs are more difficult to shape, and the emergence of 3D printing technology can effectively solve these problems.The application of 3D printing technology in the manufacture of automotive parts mainly includes.

  • Complex structure parts, the traditional process of manufacturing complex parts need to be processed in pieces and then assembled, its size accuracy and strength will be affected to a certain extent, and because of the complex structure of the parts, the need for more manufacturing processes, which leads to the cost and processing cycle to enhance, and 3D printing can be free from the limitations of the structure of the parts, can be quickly manufactured complex automotive parts.
  • Multi-material composite parts, 3D printing technology is an outstanding advantage is to carry out multi-material, multi-colour integrated molding, to achieve different parts of the parts of the material properties and different colour requirements, such as Audi used StratasysJ750 full-color multi-material 3D printer printed completely transparent multi-colour tail light cover, and thus avoid the previous complicated processing procedures, with more than 500,000 colour With more than 500,000 colour combinations, the Audi team can print multi-colour, multi-material parts, which can speed up the design verification process and is expected to save at least 50% of time, as shown in Figure 2.
  • Lightweight structural parts, 3D printing can be used to optimise the structural design of parts based on computer simulations, such as the use of skeletonised structures to achieve a lightweight car while ensuring performance requirements.
  • Personalised parts, Bugatti cars use 3D printing technology to prepare titanium calipers, not only cool appearance, but also durable, the whole process took 45 hours, as shown in Figure 2.
  • Small batch parts, Daimler uses 3D printing technology to provide 3D printed spare parts for classic models, the technology can achieve small batch production of parts, due to the small batch, the upfront input cost and the cost of scrap parts are not very large, the latest 3D printed parts include sunroof sliding wheel, interior mirror base, spark plug support, as shown in Figure 2.
  • Emergency parts, when the vehicle because of special circumstances (such as in the battlefield, deserted wilderness, space, etc.) and can not find spare parts in time, the use of 3D printing technology real-time manufacturing parts can effectively solve such problems.

3D Printing Automotive Parts – Automotive 3D Printing Specialist Prototype Inc) is an automotive industry supplier for precision parts large scale additive manufacturing on high-end 3d printer. The complex requirements of this sector have prompted the company to direct its activities towards continual dynamic improvement. Capabilities include DMLS,fused deposition modeling (FDM) and stereolithography (SLA). Fused deposition modeling (FDM) works with acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), nylon, polycarbonate and Ultem® materials. Stereolithography (SLA) is capable of achieving 0.002 and 0.004 in. layer thicknesses. Prototypes, short run and low production volume are available.Whether in small or large series, we produces 3d printing parts for the automotive industry with guaranteed quality and product excellence.

Why Choose Our Automotive 3D Printing Service?

  • Save time and money for your automotive project but quality guaranteed.
  • High productivity, outstanding efficiency and high accuracy
  • A wide range of material grades and alloy materials can be 3d printing
  • Custom complex Automotive 3d printing parts and components at specific tolerances
  • High speed 3d printing for prototyping and low to high volume production runs
Why Choose Our Automotive 3D Printing Service
Certifications & Quality 3D Printing

Certifications & Quality 3D Printing

  • ISO 9001:2015 certified
  • Fully compliant with the exacting requirements of our customers
  • Compliance in DFARS materials sourcing requirements
  • Strict compliance with PPAP and Process
  • FMEA for automotive customers
  • Skilled in KanBan and CMM Inspection and inventory management systems
  • ITAF 16949 certified

Top China Automotive 3D Printing Parts & Case Studies

With the continuous maturity and development of 3D Printing technology, more and more car manufacturers have introduced this technology for prototype testing, design proofing, parts customization and other applications. By exploring our success stories, you can learn about: the development of 3D Printing in the automotive industry, the application of 3D Printing in automotive molds, how 3D Printing changes the automotive manufacturing supply chain, and more.

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