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3D printing SCALES-UP

  • Magazine Article
  • 21AUTP08_02
Published August 01, 2021 by SAE International in United States
  • English

Constant innovation in machine design, compatible materials and design software is leading additive manufacturing from the prototype shop to the production floor.

While the 3D-printed vehicle remains a dream, the technology also known as additive manufacturing (AM) already has proven its ability to create impressively complex part geometries in concepts such as EDAG's ‘Light Cocoon’ ( AM enabled the exquisite 8-piston brake calipers used by Bugatti, among other boutique components, and AM machines are becoming as ubiquitous as Bridgeport mills once were for advanced-prototype builds. Low-volume series production use has arrived - see VW news below.

Greater scale is on the horizon, driven by constant innovation in machine design, compatible materials and design software. 3D printing technology and applications are exploding in the mobility space, high-lighted by the following recent examples.