In this Automotive World report, OEMs, suppliers and other leading stakeholders provide insight into how the technology could be used in vehicle production. Suppliers are keen, vehicle manufacturers are cautiously optimistic, and toolmakers sense an opportunity: 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is coming to the automotive industry.
‘Special report: 3D printing and the auto industry‘ (https://www.automotiveworld.com/research/special-report-3d-printing-auto-industry) is available to download now from the research section of AutomotiveWorld.com.
In this report:
- 3D printing – another frontier of automotive opportunity
- A slow burner: BMW on the long-term potential for 3D printing
- Ford sees ‘significant opportunities’ in 3D printing
- 3D printing ideal for high-mix, low-volume micro-manufacturing
- Auto industry tools up for 3D printing
- 3D printing advances at a rapid clip
- Could additive manufacturing create greener automotive lifecycles?
- Not if, but when: auto industry explores metal 3D printing
- As 3D printing evolves, suppliers become solutions providers
- Toolmaker turns up the heat on 3D printing
Quotes from the report:
There hasn’t been much change in the way we manufacture cars, so additive manufacturing is really going to change the way we produce many of our products –Ellen Lee, Technical Leader, Additive Manufacturing Research, Ford
We plan to extend the technologies into use in series production over the long term. With regards to large scale production, this will emerge at some point in the next decade at the earliest – Jens Ertel, Additive Manufacturing Center, BMW
Building a structure out of a composite thermoplastic is not rocket science. I believe this as firmly as anything – Jay Rogers, Chief Executive, Local Motors
If you take into account the whole lifecycle of a car, and what it takes to keep it on the road, vehicle manufacturing has more of an impact on the environment, society and health than any other production activity – Kevin Czinger, Chief Executive, Divergent 3D
We’ll be able to replace parts traditionally made out of metal with high-temperature plastics. We’ll also be able to introduce new materials with metal-like properties, but with much less weight -Fabian Krauss, Business Development Manager, EOS
Parts made with our technology fall within much smaller tolerance bandwidths. It also achieves tenfold productivity, which, depending on the part being made, typically results in a cost-per-part reduction of 40% to 50% – Daan Kersten, Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Additive Industries
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