Solutions for the Automotive Industry

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Being innovative

In the ultra competitive automotive trade every advantage that can be obtained is essential.  Whilst realising economies of scale is one objective, shortening the development process and going through the iteration cycle with limited cost penalties can be equally beneficial.  Additive manufacturing techniques allow ideas to be tested and communicated more efficiently and enable users to innovate with less restrictions.

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Whether it’s functional prototypes to validate designs and do fit testing or tweaking and customising to add value for customers, 3D printing enables you to move with agility and with cost profiles to suit your budgets.
Ensuring that the design is right prior to investing in tooling can have a huge impact of profitability and can drastically reduce time to market.

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As many of the race teams involved in motorsport are credited with developing techniques that become part of mass produced vehicles it’s obvious to draw a link between the pursuit of improved performance and innovation.  More and more automotive companies are using additive manufacturing to stay ahead of the competition and drive more efficiency into their processes.

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The automotive sector moves so quickly that it can be troublesome to not be at the vanguard of technology.  By working with many leading organisations our expert team can help make sure you don’t get left behind.

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Volkswagen Autoeuropa – A Real World 3D Printing Success Story

Maximizing production efficiency with 3D printed tools, jigs, and fixtures

Achieving a 91% cost reduction and 95% time savings

By using 3D printed tools, jigs, and fixtures, Volkswagen Autoeuropa reduces cycle time operation, labour, and the need for reworking, while improving tool ergonomics. Furthermore, they achieve this at a tenth of the usual cost. The company estimates that they are on track to save €250,000 by the end of 2017.

Volkswagen Saving Costs using Ultimaker 3D Printers

External suppliers Ultimaker 3D printers
Cost per part
€800
Cost per part
€21
Project duration
56 days
Project duration
10 days
Used during the positioning and screw assembly to prevent scratches /damage to the wheels. Without this protection, scrap cost can be huge.
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Why choose a 3D Printer in the Automotive Industry?

  • Eliminate Ambiguity – Hold a real-life model of the concept
  • Improve Time Efficiency – Print both batches and bespoke pieces, let the print do the work for you
  • Achieve Authenticity – Recreate textures, finishes and colours to add even further dimension
  • Attain Complex Geometries – Realise your most complex and intricate designs
  • Minimal Running Costs – By using up to 90% of the raw material, attain maximum cost-effectiveness

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3D Printing Applications in Automotive

Functional Prototyping

The smartest and most cost effective way to design.  3D printing has revolutionised prototyping decreasing the time of production to hours and the costs of prototypes to fractions.

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Parts Production

Removing the costs of tooling for small-volume, highly accurate, customised parts is now a possibility with 3D printing. A world of materials and finishes that rival injection moulding…

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Concept Models

The future is now. Designing and producing concept models can take a matter of hours, at minimal costs and with and almost Labour-free experience. 3DGBIRE’s foundations are in…

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Moulds & Castings

3D printing patterns and molds is a highly accurate method that doesn’t have the associated costs of traditional mould making. Investment casting, injection molding and production parts are…

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Tooling

Machining tools, jigs or fixtures in metal is a thing of the past. Cost, weight and storage problems are something you live with or you just cope without that part. 3D printing gives you the freedom…

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Manufacturing

Whether to test the market or to allow your customers into the design process earlier 3D printing allows a quicker, cost saving method of delivering a beautifully crafted product.

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