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Impact of 3D Printing in the Automotive Industry

Lester D'Souza, Auto Tech Outlook | Thursday, December 24, 2020

3D printing applications for automotive designing and manufacturing can be a game-changer in the industry.

FREMONT, CA: Electric cars and self-driving cars have already become a part of the world, and cloud-to-car mapping systems and driver behavior monitoring systems are valued by drivers and insurance companies alike. The dynamic environment and demanding consumers make automakers look for new opportunities to catch up with other industries. Additive manufacturing (AM) technology, commonly known as 3D printing, has transformed how automobile products are designed, developed, manufactured, and distributed. Here is more to know.

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3D printing in the automotive industry Was used by carmakers to create automotive prototypes to check their form and fit. This enabled automakers to create aesthetically pleasant parts, but they were weak and could not be used for a long period. Today there are robust technologies for automotive 3D printing, including fused filament fabrication, which can be used to produce prototypes and for end-use parts. 3D printing for automotive can be a game-changer in the sector.

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3D printing enables more efficient car model design, prototyping, testing, and production using industrial 3D printing software. This software lets designers produce printable designs, which are the first step in creating 3D printed automobile parts and the printing process's heart. To use all the potentials of a 3D printer, automakers need to have 3D printer control software and 3D editors that enable the equipment to perform various tasks. All the software must comply with standards that it should grasp with various formats of necessary data input.

3D printing managed by software that answers specific needs can lead to more significant cost savings and a substantial production time decrease. 3D printing software can also automate the production process and ensure lean manufacturing. 3D printer assisted design in the automotive industry lets designers try multiple options of the same detail and iterations during new model development stages. It brings flexibility, which results in efficient designs and flexibility in making alterations in design throughout the model evaluation. This, in turn, helps auto manufacturers stay up to date with market demands and be ahead of the competition.

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