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Automotive Additive Manufacturing – Motoring to Automechanika

07 June 2017 ...

The Automechanika exhibition, for suppliers to the automotive market, opened at the NEC in Birmingham. Additive Manufacturing (AM) is becoming a key component of the motor industry and is moving from prototyping to mainstream production.

Key elements for metal and plastic AM to become fully embedded in the automotive production process are:

  • A strong background in production AM
  • Experience in the automotive industry
  • A strong R&D team to get the best from the metals and plastics used in production
  • ISO accreditation such as ISO9001
  • NPI process to ensure that product designs are optimised for AM
  • PPAP processes to ensure that product quality is locked in
  • Capacity to meet the production demands of automotive manufacture

The barriers to entrance in this market are very high. The automotive industry demands the highest quality from its prototypes and production parts and this is obvious when you consider the development costs of a production car.

Automotive additive manufacturing production from 3T RPD has been been able to overcome these barriers to entry to see its products installed into production vehicles. Working in the automotive industry since 2005 when it 3D printed the complete front bonnet of a Smart Car, 3T’s R&D team is constantly working to improve key alloys and plastics used in the automotive industry. Their design team has been working with customers in the automotive and other demanding industries to help them make their products fit for AM manufacture. Their ‘One-Stop-Shop’ manufacturing and finishing facility is ISO9001 accredited and uses strong NPI and PPAP to ensure that quality is locked in.

To show how automotive additive manufacturing production has become mainstream within the motor industry, we have produced an infographic which shows some of the products which are currently made by AM.

Download our infographic here and if you have an automotive project which you would like to discuss with us, click here.

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