3D Printing in the Automotive Industry

3D Printing in the Automotive Industry

(Photo Credit: 3dprintingankara.com) The Automotive Industry has been experiencing rapid changes in technology. From the development of autonomous vehicles to electrically charged vehicle engines, the boundaries for what was once thought impossible have reached new limits and produced higher expectations. One of the newest technologies being implemented into the auto industry is 3D printing and imaging. For many companies, it is quickly replacing conventional methods, like tool building and modifying. Here is how 3D printing is improving rapid prototype manufacturing and producing higher levels of efficiency in the auto industry. On Wednesday, April 27, Turkish-American organization TAYSAD, in collaboration with Dassault Systèmes, hosted an event featuring technologies by GOM, a German company that develops cameras for reverse engineering using object scanning and 3D printers by Stratasys, a major provider of 3D printing technologies. The event focus on explaining and demonstrating key processes used in reverse engineering and engineering change management for the automotive industry. Dassault Systèmes is a major player in providing solutions for 3D product design, simulation, engineering, and design management. At the event, product development teams and hardware solution partners from the company presented an impressive collection of their latest innovations in these fields. The recent improvements in rapid prototyping through 3D printing and scanning technologies have made this process significantly faster and more cost-effective. For a design duplication that would usually take weeks using conventional methods, rapid prototyping can produce complete results in just days or even hours for small scale projects. It is now possible to use these methods for hard plastics, rubber-like soft materials, and metals. The expanded range makes rapid prototyping relevant to many...