You won’t really be able to buy a 3D-printed car at any dealership in and out of the country. But 3D printing has been a vital part of the development process for automobiles. However, in recent years, we started seeing how 3D printing found a niche in manufacturing.
With 3D2GO’s expertise, we help add value to supply chains and unlock a broader spectrum of production applications. Our 3D technology is growing more workable and affordable.
Our existing partners are slowly able to bring additive manufacturing to further support their processes.
Additionally, adaptable materials are also opening other opportunities for producing high precision, functional 3D prints. These can serve as a stand-in for the final parts. 3D2GO also offers customization opportunities and high performance.
As one of the earliest sectors to see the potential of 3D printing, big automotive companies have decided to announce their further advancement via 3D printing for cars.
But their advancements are more than just prototyping.
Read on and find out stories of automakers motoring ahead with 3D printing.
The company has partnered up with a design software company. Together, they combined generative design software with 3D printing. As a result, they were able to produce lighter vehicle parts, through mass reduction and parts consolidation.
The pair displayed a seat bracket they had created. It turned out to be 40 percent lighter and 20 percent stronger as compared to the original part it replaced. This has also integrated eight different components into one 3D-printed part instead.
This German auto giant has taken 3D printing further after they invested €10 million in building a new additive manufacturing campus in Oberschleissheim.
According to BMW Group’s head, Jens Ertel, the team in the new additive manufacturing campus will be in charge of evaluating new and existing technologies in both plastic and metal printing. Furthermore, its goal is to provide an optimum technology and process chain. They aim to target individual components, small production runs, and large-scale manufacturing.
Ford Motor Company has invested in two 3D printing machines from a company that specializes in enabling the use of a wide range of composite and advanced materials. This is also because Ford has been pushing the envelope on the kinds of materials it might use in 3D printing.
Furthermore, Ford has led a $65 million investment in 3D printers that print metals. They also revealed that they have been exploring the production of 3D-printed car parts of much larger sizes.
Because the company is dedicated to vintage vehicles, the executives are aware of how much their customers hate to request a spare part only to hear that it’s no longer available.
With the use of 3D printing design and development, Porsche is able to provide vintage car collectors with the rare parts they need. The 3D printers they use can print materials such as steel/alloy and plastics.
Chinese company Polymaker and Italian electric vehicle manufacturer X Electrical Vehicle (XEV) have partnered up in hopes of shaking up the auto world with the launch of the world’s first 3D-printed car, the LSEV.
LSEV is almost entirely made with 3D printers.
Both companies have claimed that the car has just 57 plastic parts, compared to 2,000 in a conventional vehicle. As a result, it could help reduce the environmental impact of production.
While a full-body 3D printed car that is ready for market circulation is still some time away, 3D2GO can help your other exciting projects and concept cars that signal the direction in which the automobile is heading.