How is 3D Printing Transforming the Automotive Industry?

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Applications of 3D printing in the automotive industry have evolved from printing relatively simple prototypes and a low production of parts, to 3D printing of entire cars. In the case of car auto designs, 3D printing auto parts and car models with products of the Raise3D 3D printer suite provides the ability to build small 3D scale models and increase in range prior to the part assembly process. This 3D manufacturing process has helped with many useful functions such as testing and tooling, also speeding the process for an enhanced final design and production.

How is Raise3D Printing Technology Transforming The Automotive Industry?

1.Providing rapid tooling with high-performance 3D printers: Using a 3D printer helps to create multiple iterations of pre-series molds. 3D printers such as the Pro2 and Pro2 Plus by Raise3D optimizes the design before creating the final metal version of the mold. This significantly reduces production time and saves money when compared to traditional tooling methods.


2. Creating multiple forms to test in early-stage design: Designers can start with creating nearly every part of the final production design on a 3D printing small scale for testing and functionality evaluation before moving on to the final design.


3.Producing low-volume customized special pieces: 3D printing custom features like trims and options in car interiors offers OEMs a cost-effective solution when manufacturing a lower number of units. 


4.Generating quick in-house prototyping for manufacturing: 3D printing is ideal for rapid printing of prototypes for testing, so you can test different designs/versions, at a low cost and short wait time.

5.Enabling formula student training and testing: Students from all over the world studying mechanical, automotive and motor engineering can compete in Formula Student Competitions that assess the engineering performance of the students, vehicle track implementation, costs, and marketing strategy for racing cars. 


6. Facilitating complex geometries to become possible: Since many individually manufactured components are installed in the vehicle, the benefits of adaptability and of free shaping help to 3D print complex geometries.


7.Optimizing for lighter and faster material construction with 3D printing: Additive Technology makes lightweight chassis construction possible by utilizing composite materials with high tensile strength like titanium alloy. Employing metal powder-based filaments, additive manufacturing has optimized not just production of complex geometries, but 3D printing has further reduced the weight of the car..


8.Practical evaluating for material testing- learning processes: Using FDM technology, OEMs can evaluate materials and designs and evaluate material testing processes. Many OEMs are increasingly relying on 3d printing prototypes for design verification and functional testing to enhance performance, fit and finish.


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