Automotive 3D Printing

Audi Cuts Fixture Costs by 80% with 3D Printing and trinckle’s Automation Software

At Audi’s Böllinger Höfe factory in Heilbronn, the auto company uses both manual labor and a high degree of automation to make range-topping cars such as the R8 and e-tron….

US Army Awards $13M to Concurrent Technologies for 3D Printed Combat Vehicle Lightweighting

The US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) — Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) has awarded Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) $13 million as part of a three-phase project surrounding R&D…

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3D Printing, China, and the Struggle to Produce Exactly Enough

Global supply chains have demonstrated an almost eerie resilience in the face of one ongoing crisis after another in the last half a decade. Still, one often gets the feeling…

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3D Printing Serves as a Bridge to Mass Production in New Endeavor3D White Paper

Now that additive manufacturing (AM) has demonstrated itself as a production technology, the scale up for the industry may be found in bridge production. As evidenced during COVID-19, 3D printing…

BMW’s 3D Printed Robot Grippers Cut CO2, Improve Efficiency

The BMW Group has been a long-time user of additive manufacturing (AM), dating back to the days when it was still referred to as rapid prototyping. However, its most recent…

Auto Additive Introduces 3D Printing for Vehicle Repairs

Though it has long used 3D printing technology, the automotive industry has been slow to realize its potential in end part production and, more importantly, for maintenance, repair, and overhaul…

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Can Higher Power Density Engines Lead to Broader 3D Printing Use?

Traditionally, when it comes to sports cars, interest has centered around metrics such as horsepower per cubic inch and power-to-weight ratios. These metrics are calculated and interpreted differently by various…

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Industrial Giant Ingersoll Rand Leads $19M Round Backing Inkbit’s AI-Driven 3D Printing

Inkbit, the Massachusetts-based original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of multi-material, AI-integrated 3D printers, has closed a $19 million financing round. Ingersoll Rand, a US giant in the industrial equipment sector, led…

German Companies Team up to Create Traceable 3D Printing Filament

Two German corporations, plastics manufacturer GRAFE GmbH and Tailorlux, a company specializing in making “optical fingerprints” for a variety of product classes, are collaborating on a new line of additive…

Equispheres Secures C$20M for Metal 3D Printing Powders with Automotive Backing

Ottawa-based metal powder maker Equispheres Inc. announced an impressive initial close of its Series B financing round, amassing approximately C$20 million. This significant financial injection was led by Martinrea International…

IperionX Inks 10-Year Deal with Wisconsin Manufacturer for 80 Metric Tons of Titanium Per Year

IperionX, the Charlotte-based supplier of sustainable titanium powders used for additive manufacturing (AM) and metal injection molding (MIM), has signed a ten-year deal with United Stars, a group of industrial…

3D Printing Miracles: Electric Car Apocalypse

We’re accustomed to introspection regarding the future of 3D printing, pondering improvements to enhance the viability of our technology. Yet, what circumstances could enable us to expand from $14.7 billion…

Renault’s New Auto 3D Printing Material is Adaptive, Light, and Recyclable

120-year-old car brand Renault (EPA: RNO) has teamed up with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) to develop a new 3D printing material. This innovative material is…

ADDiTEC Racing & Liquid Metal Jet 3D Printing Emerge Victorious at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Just a few short months ago, metal additive manufacturing solutions provider ADDiTEC launched a brand new division solely dedicated to motorsports. Through ADDiTEC Racing, the company began actively participating in…

3D Printing News Briefs, April 6, 2024: Depowdering, Cybertruck Door Handles, & More

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, ioTech’s digital manufacturing CLAD technology is opening up opportunities for microelectronics and additive manufacturing. Hexagon and Raytheon Technologies commercially released the Simufact Additive Process…

BMW Targets WAAM 3D Printed Test Parts for Vehicles Next Year

The BMW Group has long been a user and innovator in additive manufacturing (AM) technology, dating back nearly 35 years. Nevertheless, the auto giant never fails to impress in the…

3D Printing News Briefs, March 9, 2024: ADDiTEC Racing, 3D Printed Functional Brain Tissue, & More

In 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re starting with automotive applications, as ADDiTEC launched its new racing division. Moving on, 3D-Fuel is now part of the Nexa3D family, and researchers have…

2025 Renault 5 E-Tech Electric Is Latest Car with 3D Printed Accessories 

Due to the required numbers, additive manufacturing (AM) has struggled to make significant inroads into vehicle interiors in meaningful numbers—at least as far as public knowledge is concerned. Typically an…

BMW 3D Prints Custom Spike Plates for German Bobsleigh Team

Global auto giant BMW Group has developed custom spike plates for the German Bobsleigh team, manufacturing the metal athletic gear using powder bed fusion (PBF) 3D printing. Bobsledders wear cleats…

Associated Accessory Products: A Gateway to Automotive 3D Printing

I distinctly remember attempting to persuade a car company manager about the benefits of 3D-printed components for the passenger compartment. He visibly blanched. This occurred nearly 13 years ago, and…

3D Printing News Briefs, January 20, 2024: FDM, LPBF, Underwater 3D Printer, Racing, & More

We’re starting off with a process certification in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, and then moving on to research about solute trapping, laser powder bed fusion, and then moving on…

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BMW’s €650M EV Retooling Brings Opportunities for 3D Printing

BMW plans to invest €650 million in converting its Munich car plant for electric vehicle production. This move is part of the global trend towards electrifying plants and vehicle fleets….

Collision Repair Standardization of 3D Printed Parts

The collision repair industry is at the cusp of a revolution, driven by the advent of 3D printing technology. This technology can assist in increasing the volume, reducing the cost,…

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The 10 Most Popular 3D Printing Articles of 2023

Though the additive manufacturing (AM) industry experienced a number of shakeups and developments over the course of the past year, many of our readers have been most taken by what’s…