3D-Printing’s Newest Applications in Automotive

The automotive industry is benefitting a lot from 3D-printing, and its use in car making continues to expand.



While it remains true that 3D printing is still mainly used for rapid prototyping when developing new models or in concept cars, the evolution of the different AM technologies has led a way where it is also used for final parts in various situation. New materials, innovative finishes, shorter lead time now allow for 3D printing to be integrated more closely in the manufacturing process and in the future maybe in the supply chain for spare parts. – Read more: 



With 3D-printing, customization of parts is made possible.

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Car buyers want more choices in personalized transportation, and Japanese automaker Daihatsu — which operates as a member of the Toyota Group — is launching a project to give it to them. The company’s Copen roadster will offer from-the-factory customization at a level previously unavailable in a mass market car, all courtesy of 3D printing. – Read more at:



3D-printing is highly recommended for the automotive industry for the following uses:


- Replace extensive CNC production;


- Create better assembly tools;


- Test and identify design problems;



One of the world’s most popular high-end car brands, Mercedes Benz, is taking advantage of 3D-printing technolgy.


German luxury commercial vehicle manufacturer Mercedes Benz Trucks is using the latest 3D printing processes for plastic spare parts as the standard production method in the Customer Services & Parts sector. As of September already, 30 genuine spare parts can be ordered and supplied at the press of a button from the 3D printer, quickly, economically, in any quantity and always in consistent genuine manufacturer’s quality (“one-piece demand”). – Read more:



Daimler, the world’s largest truck manufacturer, will use three-dimensional printing (3D) to produce spare parts, the latest example of how digital technologies are radically reshaping automotive manufacturing and its supply chain.


Rather than shipping vehicle parts across the globe, carmakers including BMW and Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) are experimenting with so-called additive manufacturing. - Read more:

Truly, 3D-printing is the 21st century most disruptive technology, attracting a growing number of the world’s biggest car makers, for its revolutionizing way vehicles can be produced in ways not imagined decades back.



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