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Daimler Trucks launches 3D-printing technology in manufacturing to ease parts supply chain

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced Monday that it will make its first delivery of plastic parts produced using 3D printing technologies to its customers in the coming weeks, as part of a pilot programme. 

The company is confident that these new technologies will soon play a significant role in the trucking industry.

More importantly, DTNA sees 3D printing as an opportunity to better serve its customers, particularly those customers in need of parts that have been difficult to provide through traditional supply chain models, such as those for older trucks or parts with very low or intermittent demand.

During this pilot phase, DTNA says it will release a controlled quantity of 3D printed parts and will invite feedback from customers and technicians that receive them.

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Volkswagen officials speak to the future of 3D printing in automotive

Project leads at Volkswagen high end/luxury car brands Audi and Porsche are conducting research into the benefits of 3D printing for future car production. In addition to the effective application of FDM for prototyping and reducing tooling costs, researchers at Audi’s Competence Center in Ingolstadt, Germany, and Porsche are adding metal to Volkswagen’s additive manufacturing portfolio, and researching the potential of carbon fibre reinforcements.

Counting the desktop 3D printers at Volkswagen Autoeuropa, the Volkswagen group in total, has 90 3D printers at 26 of its sites around the world.

At Volkswagen Osnabrück in Germanythere is currently project to demonstrate the potential of  weight reduction by using 3D printing. In one example use case, a reinforced A-pillar window support has been optimally redesigned to constitute fewer parts, and weighs 74% less than it’s traditionally manufactured counterpart.

With less weight, cars consume less fuel, providing better performance for the manufacturer and the customer.

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The revolution is here

With 90 3D printers at its 26 factories, Volkswagen counts on metal 3D printing for exclusive car series & replacement parts

German car manufacturer Volkswagen is no stranger to additive manufacturing technologies, as the company has been exploring various applications for 3D printing in the automotive industry.

At its Volkswagen Autoeuropa plant in Portugal, for instance, the company reported producing as many as 1,000 parts using its fleet of Ultimaker 3D printers last year and has seen significant cost savings since implementing the technology.

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Vroom! How 3D printing is revving up to save the auto industry big bucks

ultimakervw4.pngIf you spend any time watching 3D printing videos on YouTube, you’d think the only use of the technology would be for printing Yoda heads and small toys. But the reality is what makes 3D printing so exciting is it has bottom-line benefits that can result in real time and money savings.

Take the auto industry, for example. In just this past year, we’ve talked about how FordVolkswagen, and Team Penske have started incorporating 3D printing into their processes.

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3D Printing drives advances in automotive manufacturing

Our connected vehicles are now part of our connected lives. That means automakers must deliver not only connectivity for hands-free calling, navigation, and music, but more embedded technologies and sensors for everything from heated seats to automated safety features.

In addition to incorporating the latest innovative technology features with each new model, automakers must also continue to evolve vehicle designs to be lighter, more fuel efficient, while offering the mix of models and in-vehicle options that consumers can customize to their liking.

Meeting these demands would’ve been unimaginable 20 years ago. Automakers and their suppliers can use advances in digital manufacturing, like 3D printing and other digitally-enabled, on-demand production services, to improve their designs while creating smarter, lighter, and more customizable vehicles.

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3D printing to enhance supply chain efficiency

Michael Nash talks to Andy Middleton of Stratasys about the potential impact of 3D printing on automotive supply chains

OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers spend considerable time and money shipping components around the world before they end up on production lines to be fitted to cars sold on the local market. 3D printing could eliminate the reliance on these shipped components and help streamline the automotive supply chain….

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How 3D printing is redefining auto manufacturing

How 3D printing is redefining auto manufacturingNow worth more than $5.1 billion, 3D printing has become one of today’s most exciting – and talked about – technology-based industries. And this technology is more than just buzz. While desktop 3D printers have become more commonplace, industrial 3D printing is just now becoming more prevalent and opening up new opportunities within more traditional manufacturing spheres, including the automotive industry.

For this industry alone, it’s projected that 3D printing will be worth $1.1 billion by 2019, changing the way the space functions today. The emerging technology could have a significant impact on many facets within the industry, but especially after-sales service

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When will we start to see 3D printed cars?

The real value behind 3D printing is what some refer to as “distributed manufacturing“, the idea that we no longer have to build everything at a single centralized factory but instead we can build at multiple decentralized locations. In addition to saving on transport and shipping costs, another value-add is that of flexibility. Imagine a world someday where you go down to your Toyota dealership to buy one of these:

Not only do you get to choose the color and options for the above vehicle, but now you can choose from the following:

  • 12 unique exhaust tips printed from 3 different metals alloys
  • 7 Front grill options
  • 5 Rear spoiler options
  • 13 different rim choices

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Is 3D printing the future of F1 racing?

IBTimes UK talks to key members of McLaren’s Technology Centre about the strengths and limits of 3D printing in F1.

For a motorsport as high octane as Formula 1, where split seconds are all that separates lap times and places on the all-important starting grid, speed is inevitably an important factor both on and off the track.

Yet while the technology powering the multi-million pound F1 race cars is progressing at a breakneck pace, the days, weeks, and sometimes even months it takes to design and manufacture key components is directly at odds with the hectic demands of the competition’s busy schedule.

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Ford begins testing 3D printing large car parts for cost-effective customization

Ford has been considering how to leverage 3D printing into more mainstream manufacture for years.  It is getting closer!


The spoiler on a future Ford car you buy might be 3D-printed. Ford Motor Company announced on Monday that they’ve begun testing 3D printing of large-scale parts, using tech provided by 3D printing industry giant Stratasys. The pilot project is designed to find out how Ford might be able to use 3D printing to make large parts, tooling and components at relatively small volumes, where it normally wouldn’t make sense to even bother because of how much it would cost.

If these tests with Stratasys’ commercial-grade Infinite Build 3D printer go well, that could open up a whole new world of opportunity for niche vehicle lines, vehicle upgrade options and more. That’s very handy in some of the fields where Ford currently operates, including racer manufacture, and in building prototype and concept vehicles rapidly and with less investment required.

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