Zortrax, a 3D printing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) based in Poland, has released a brief case study of Toyota’s incorporation of Zortrax printers into its Polish auto manufacturing operations. Notably, according to Łukasz Kondek, an additive manufacturing (AM) engineer at Toyota’s engine plant in Jelcz, Poland, the Japanese auto giant’s purchase of Zortrax machines has already paid for itself within just one year.
Toyota deploys Zortrax’s layer plastic deposition (LPD) M300 Plus platform to produce a variety of prototypes, jigs and assembly tools critical to the production of automotive engines. The company then prints end-use components based on the prototypes using the M300 Plus, along with other industrial AM machines for the largest parts.
Kondek also pointed out that, although Toyota was already using 3D printing when he started working there about four years ago, the company’s in-house fabrication capabilities have improved dramatically since adopting Zortrax’s technology. The engineer says that LPD-based systems now supply over 95 percent of the Jelcz engine plant’s 3D printed jigs: tools that Toyota, until recently, mostly had to order from subcontractors.
Thus, in addition to reducing costs by shifting to in-house production, Zortrax’s printers have also allowed Toyota to manage its supply chains more effectively, while also giving the latter more direct control over its design process. That last consideration is especially crucial, given that the accelerated innovation that will be required as the EV/hybrid market evolves will surely involve increased trial and error, on the path to blueprint finalization.
Toyota just announced that, in 2022, the company’s European sales increased, as automotive sales in Europe across the board shrank by 11 percent. Resultantly, Toyota’s share of the European auto market grew to 7.3 percent in 2022, which is a record high for the company. That included a 14 percent year-on-year increase in Toyota’s European EV sales.
As the European market continues to become more integral to Toyota’s global brand, the company will likely continue to ramp up its production there. In turn, its familiarity and proven success with Zortrax gives the company a definite leg up, in Poland and elsewhere across Europe.
Moreover, the applicability of engine production to other sectors means that, with its Toyota connection, Zortrax already has a potential foothold in the many industries set to expand carbon-reduction efforts. Finally, Poland’s membership in NATO, as well as its being the terminus for the Baltic Pipe, gives both Polish industry in general, and Zortrax specifically, an advantage over larger European manufacturing hubs.
Images courtesy of Zortrax
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