Industry Insights: 3D Printing in Automotive Industry
3D Print Precise Prototypes, Tools and Production Parts
3D printing breaks down barriers to innovation for automotive manufacturers. By building durable concept models, prototypes, tooling and low-volume end use parts in-house, engineers and designers can work more iteratively, test more thoroughly and move confidently into production.
Designers may use Stratasys patented Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology to create resilient prototypes and end use parts made from high-performance engineering thermoplastics.
3D printed car frame, these are installed directly onto the main frame for testing purposes.
Why 3D Printing for Automotive Industry?
Offset Expensive CNC Production
By replacing expensive and lead-time critical CNC-milled parts with in-house manufactured plastic parts, you can dramatically reduce your production costs. The printed plastic parts also perform better technically, weigh less, and are well suited for the production of complex shape parts where using conventional method would be very difficult and costly to produce.
Create Better Assembly Jigs & Fixtures
For jigs and fixtures or hand-held devices used on the assembly line, engineers can utilize 3D printing to make ergonomic assembly parts that perform better than conventionally made parts.
Test and Identify Design Problems in Early Stage
In some cases, using CAD models alone is not as effective at finding design problems as a 3D printed physical part – you can easily identify a component issue that may have been missed in the initial design stage.
FDM prints high endurance and durable thermoplastics for functional testing.