New 3D printing technology drives high-volume parts production
03 August 2022
Over the past two decades, we’ve seen 3D printing – also known as additive manufacturing (AM) – evolve from a rudimentary prototyping solution into a technology now deep-rooted within manufacturing. What was then a tool limited to a select group of industrial companies has flourished, transformed, and been delivered into the hands of designers, engineers and manufacturers all over the world.
The use of AM has also moved into every phase of automotive production, beginning with prototyping and moving into the manufacture of spare parts, making small quantities and, in the last two years, producing essential parts quickly to compensate for disrupted supply chains.
However, there is a new AM technology, launched in the last 12 months, that will be even more disruptive and challenge the dominance of injection moulding. For those in the automotive industry, a faster, cheaper method of producing myriad high-quality parts – even those with unique or complex geometries – in the required volumes is now finally accessible. The new AM technology can transform existing production lines by enabling better part design and manufacturing.
Read the full article in DPA's August issue
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