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February 03, 2021 2 min read

7 Ways 3D Printing Has Affected the Automotive Space

3D printinggenerates cost-effective automotive parts due to its incredible power to achieve the desired results that are not possible through traditional manufacturing methods. The components produced reduces the weight of the vehicle resulting in better performance and lower fuel consumption.

  1. PROTOTYPING - Historically, this is the most common use of 3D printing in the automotive space.  Parts can be quickly produced to designer and engineering specifications of the specific part.  Anything from a simple interior part to the entire vehicle can be produced with 3D printing.
  2. CREATING CUSTOM or HIGH-PERFORMANCE PARTS - Producing custom or high-performance parts empowers the end-user to produce and offer their clients parts that otherwise would not have that capability.  3D printing offers customization at a fraction of the cost and time typically associated with the production of replacement parts.
  3. SPARE PARTS INVENTORY - Maintaining a spare parts inventory can be a costly necessity.  However, with the addition of a 3D printer, producing parts on an as-needed basis reduces the costs of keeping inventory and storage space.  Additionally, if the needed part is in great demand or no longer produced, the repair facility can easily print the needed part(s).
  4. MANUFACTURING AIDS - Additive manufacturing can reduce lead time from a few days to a few hours.  Outsourcing custom parts can increase costs and reduce profits while delaying your project.  New, harder 3D printer filaments allow the replacement of metal parts with custom 3D printed plastic parts.  This allows testing of the part before committing to its use in the project.
  5. CUSTOM TOOLS - Similar to spare parts, you may need a specialized tool to complete your repair.  Traditional methods may or may not have enlightened you to purchase that tool not knowing it or when you would ever need it.  With 3D printing, producing a custom tool for the job is cost-effective and efficient.  The result, increased productivity and reduced downtime.
  6. PREPRODUCTION SAMPLING/TOOLING - Specialists regard this as the most promising application of 3D printing.  Molds and thermoforming tools can be produced by 3D printing.  This allows for the rapid manufacturing of jigs, grips and fixtures while producing low-cost tools and samples without investing in high-cost tooling.
  7. SOFTWARE - 3D printing software allows for more efficient model design, prototyping and production.  This software allows the designer to customize their concept as opposed to a wide industry specifications and rapidly see the results and make any necessary changes prior to production.

Mike Cipriani
Mike Cipriani


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James Anderson
James Anderson

July 29, 2021

This inspiring technology can reduce your overhead costs by keeping most of your manufacturing line in-house. When there’s a repair needed, you can replace or fix the problem much more quickly than with traditional machinery. Know more from 3dwholesale.com

Joanna Mark
Joanna Mark

June 18, 2021

This is amazing thanks for sharing this blog I become fan of your blogs now. This blog is so interesting and informative.

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