Automotive Personalization Company Uses 3D Printing to Customize Luxury Vehicles

Share this Article

panel-cropMost people think owning a 3D printer is like having your own factory in a box, and it is– 3D printing is extremely useful for mass production on the fly. However, 3D printing is also useful for making one-off, one-of-a-kind items. To prove it, one need not look further than Ai Design.

Ai Design is a luxury car manufacturer. Unlike other car companies that pump out designs assembly-line style, Ai takes a personalized approach. Each vehicle the company produces is completely based on customer demand. Customers come to Ai with an idea for how they want their car to look, and the company sets about designing, engineering and building that dream vehicle.

Because each vehicle Ai Design makes is bespoke, manufacturing one car can be time-consuming. “No two customer parts are the exact same. Even if we’re working on the same model, make and year, the geometries can differ,” said Todd Henderson, director of sales and marketing for Ai Design.

In the past, Ai Design made parts for its vehicles by hand or using traditional methods such as CNC manufacturing. These methods led to long lead times and were cost prohibitive in some cases. For instance, the company couldn’t use mold-injection to create parts because of the cost).  However, now that 3D printing is an option, things have changed.range-rover-crop

Ai Design teamed up with RedEye because it saw an opportunity to decrease lead times and costs, all while creating a superior product. RedEye is a division of Stratasys,a global leader in the 3D-printing industry. The company provides rapid prototyping and digital manufacturing to companies around the world.

“We decided to work with RedEye for parts because we knew it had the expertise, flexibility and finishing services in place to produce end-use parts and hit the ground running,” said Henderson.

Using a process called Fused Deposition Modeling, Red Eye uses real, engineering-grade thermoplastics to create Ai products. These products are able to be sanded, primed and painted among other things. Some popular things RedEye has created for Ai Design includes interior components such iPad mini housing, a speaker panel and a radar pod housing.

“Ai Design is a great example of the many unique and niche applications 3D printing has to offer” said James Grimm, account manager for RedEye. “It’s been really fun to see their custom solutions come to life and enabled by the technology.”

What other industries could 3D printing help to customize, and transform?  Discuss in the 3D Printing Luxury car parts forum thread on 3DPB.com.

ipad-crop

iPad Mini integrated within the dash of a vehicle thanks to custom 3D printed center dash.

 

 

Share this Article


Recent News

Medical Startup axial3D Raises U$S 3 Million To Expand To New Markets

Carnegie Mellon: Optimizing Soft Materials 3D Printing With Machine Learning



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

4D Printing in China: Shape Memory Polymers and Continuous Carbon Fiber

Researchers have been looking further into the benefits of shape memory polymers (SMPs) with the addition of raw materials in the form of continuous carbon fiber (CCF). Authors Xinxin Shen,...

3D Printed Wireless Biosystems for Monitoring Cerebral Aneurysms in Real Time

Continuing to further the progress between 3D printing and electronics within the medical field, authors Robert Herbert, Saswat Mishra, Hyo-Ryoung Lim, Hyoungsuk Yoo, and Woon-Hong Yeo explore a new method...

Feasibility Models to Determine Efficacy of 3D Printing Over Traditional Methods

In ‘Model for Evaluating Additive Manufacturing Feasibility in End-Use Production,’ authors Matt Ahtiluoto, Asko Uolevi Ellman, and Eric Coatenea encourage the idea of exploring 3D printing for designs first, comparing...

Refining Macro and Microscopic Topology Optimization for AM Processes

Researchers from Italy and Germany continue along the path so many are following in refining and perfecting 3D printing processes. In the recently published ‘Structural multiscale topology optimization with stress...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.


Print Services

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our 3DPrint.com.

You have Successfully Subscribed!