The automotive industry is unique because each end use product features a different combination of specific parts. Some parts may overlap, but generally each vehicle features different jigs, fixtures, and exterior finishes. Of course, this is part of what makes the cars and brands competitive in the industry. The automotive industry comes along with strict launch dates, fixed budgets, and high industry standards. Of course, despite these challenges, automotive engineers are tasked with creating cars that are more fuel efficient, have better performance and safety standards, and are more aesthetic than previous models.
As a 3D printing auto solution reseller, we understand that deviating from standard workflows to introduce new technology is often challenging, but it is necessary for long-term competitive success in the industry. By incorporating 3D printed car parts, engineers will find that they can reach better and more efficient results that are highly customizable for automotive applications. The materials are strong, and they have an incredible surface finish to achieve the desired end-use look.
In addition, our contract 3D printing services are a great way to prototype a part on the automotive 3D printing machines we have for sale to see the capabilities firsthand for a specific application.
Automotive Applications Distributors
Initial applications of 3D printed car parts often focused on rapid iteration of the designs. Today, automotive manufacturers are implementing 3D printing in other areas, such as digital inventory, legacy parts, and custom tooling. For example, digital inventory has been reimagined because instead of keeping spare and replacement parts physically stacked in warehouses, and waiting for them to be delivered as needed, mechanics are now able to print them on demand. The immediate logistic benefits to 3D printed car parts are twofold: speedier delivery of parts to waiting customers and reduced carbon footprint of freight.
Miller 3D Partner, Bigrep has been making significant headway in automotive industry 3D printing applications. For example, some customers are printing end-use dashboards, and handheld automotive jigs with hi-temp materials. In addition, they have recently unveiled 3D printing custom auto interiors. For example, to refurbish vintage cars with a modern interior is faster and cheaper with this technology when it’s outsourced through a contract manufacturing company. In addition, the printed components also allow adapters to be implemented into a visually undisturbed vintage look.