3D printed automotive components

3D Printing an Improved DMLS Automotive Component Using Topology Optimization and DfAM

3D Printing an Improved DMLS Automotive Component Using Topology Optimization and DfAM

Engineers frequently use topology optimization to optimize the design and layout of parts to create lightweight and optimized structures. The technology often results in organic, complex shapes, however, which can be difficult to produce using traditional manufacturing methods. That’s why 3D printing pairs so well with topology optimization – it allows for the kind of […]

Engineers frequently use topology optimization to optimize the design and layout of parts to create lightweight and optimized structures. The technology often results in organic, complex shapes, however, which can be difficult to produce using traditional...
BMW Surpasses One Million 3D Printed Automotive Components

BMW Surpasses One Million 3D Printed Automotive Components

BMW Group has been using 3D printing for more than 25 years, and in the last decade has produced a million parts using the technology. This year alone, the company expects that it will 3D print more than 200,000 components, a 42 percent increase over last year. And BMW Group is just getting started. The […]

BMW Group has been using 3D printing for more than 25 years, and in the last decade has produced a million parts using the technology. This year alone, the company expects that it will 3D print more than 200,000 components, a 42 percent increase over last year. And...
Twikit and BMW Offer Flashy Customization Options for Your Next Car

Twikit and BMW Offer Flashy Customization Options for Your Next Car

While many automotive manufacturers have been using 3D printing in their design and manufacturing processes, BMW has been a leader in the field, using the technology for over 25 years. The company has used 3D printing for everything from roof racks to more advanced concepts. There are plenty of reasons for BMW and other automotive […]

While many automotive manufacturers have been using 3D printing in their design and manufacturing processes, BMW has been a leader in the field, using the technology for over 25 years. The company has used 3D printing for everything from roof racks to more advanced...
Ford Recognized for Work with Automotive 3D Printing

Ford Recognized for Work with Automotive 3D Printing

Several major automotive manufacturers have been utilizing 3D printing, and Ford is one of them. Recently, the company has been recognized for its work in 3D printing. For the first time, the Automotive Innovation Awards Competition held by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is recognizing additive manufacturing as a separate category, […]

Several major automotive manufacturers have been utilizing 3D printing, and Ford is one of them. Recently, the company has been recognized for its work in 3D printing. For the first time, the Automotive Innovation Awards Competition held by the Automotive Division of...
Betatype Case Study Illustrates Cost and Time Savings of Using 3D Printing to Fabricate Automotive Components

Betatype Case Study Illustrates Cost and Time Savings of Using 3D Printing to Fabricate Automotive Components

When it comes to industrial 3D printing for automotive applications, London-based Betatype is building up considerable expertise. The 3D printing company was founded in 2012, and works with its customers to deliver functional, 3D printed components. Betatype built a data processing platform called Engine to help manage and control multi-scale design; the platform maximizes the ability […]

When it comes to industrial 3D printing for automotive applications, London-based Betatype is building up considerable expertise. The 3D printing company was founded in 2012, and works with its customers to deliver functional, 3D printed components. Betatype built a...
BMW Impresses with 3D Printed Roof Bracket for BMW i8 Roadster

BMW Impresses with 3D Printed Roof Bracket for BMW i8 Roadster

BMW has been using 3D printing for more than 25 years, so the automotive manufacturer has built up a high level of expertise over the decades. Recently, the company has leveraged 3D printing to create some interesting concept cars, but BMW uses 3D printing for more than just creative concepts – it’s putting the technology […]

BMW has been using 3D printing for more than 25 years, so the automotive manufacturer has built up a high level of expertise over the decades. Recently, the company has leveraged 3D printing to create some interesting concept cars, but BMW uses 3D printing for more...
3D Printing News Briefs: August 1, 2018

3D Printing News Briefs: August 1, 2018

We’re starting out with a little business in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, then moving on to planes, automobiles, and camping, followed by some medical news. Renishaw just received a business award and EOS signed an agreement with Z3DFAB. UTC Aerospace Systems is increasing its use of 3D printing, and Volkswagen used the technology to […]

We’re starting out with a little business in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, then moving on to planes, automobiles, and camping, followed by some medical news. Renishaw just received a business award and EOS signed an agreement with Z3DFAB. UTC Aerospace...
Jay Leno’s Contribution to Auto Part 3D Printing

Jay Leno’s Contribution to Auto Part 3D Printing

It is well known that Jay Leno is an avid car enthusiast and has a world-renowned collection of nearly 300 vehicles. What isn’t as well known is that his team does their own car repair and utilizes 3D printing for replacement parts. It can be difficult and costly finding parts for vintage cars that ended final production many years ago.  Most car […]

It is well known that Jay Leno is an avid car enthusiast and has a world-renowned collection of nearly 300 vehicles. What isn’t as well known is that his team does their own car repair and utilizes 3D printing for replacement parts. It can be difficult and...
The R&D Tax Credit Aspects of 3D Printing Vehicle Wheels

The R&D Tax Credit Aspects of 3D Printing Vehicle Wheels

Transportation is one of the most important aspects of everyday life across the globe. The US publisher Ward’s estimated as of 2010 there were over 1.015 billion vehicles on the road throughout the world, all of them run on wheel systems. An entire wheel is made up of several components such as the rim, hub, […]

Transportation is one of the most important aspects of everyday life across the globe. The US publisher Ward’s estimated as of 2010 there were over 1.015 billion vehicles on the road throughout the world, all of them run on wheel systems. An entire wheel is made up of...
Phoenix Racing Team Soars with 3D Printed Parts from Ogle Models and Prototypes

Phoenix Racing Team Soars with 3D Printed Parts from Ogle Models and Prototypes

At the IMechE Formula Student racing event, students are challenged to design and fabricate a single seat race car that they will then race against other student teams. Like so many other Formula Student teams, the students at Coventry University turned to 3D printing for their car. The goal is to manufacture a car that […]

At the IMechE Formula Student racing event, students are challenged to design and fabricate a single seat race car that they will then race against other student teams. Like so many other Formula Student teams, the students at Coventry University turned to 3D printing...
Audi and the Stratasys J750 3D Printer Expedite Prototyping of Tail Lights

Audi and the Stratasys J750 3D Printer Expedite Prototyping of Tail Lights

It was just over two years ago that Stratasys introduced the multi-color, multi-material J750 3D printer, which the company described as a machine that would “shake up the world.” It certainly has shaken up the 3D printing industry, bringing new possibilities to everything from art to eyewear to medical models and more. Now the J750 is […]

It was just over two years ago that Stratasys introduced the multi-color, multi-material J750 3D printer, which the company described as a machine that would “shake up the world.” It certainly has shaken up the 3D printing industry, bringing new...
CRP Group Makes Progress, Showcases 3D Printed Electric Superbike

CRP Group Makes Progress, Showcases 3D Printed Electric Superbike

For a few years, CRP Group has been working with the Energica Motor Company to develop all-electric superbikes. Parts for the Ego and Ego Corsa bikes are being 3D printed with CRP’s Windform composite materials, and it’s been an interesting journey to follow. The newer Corsa has been in development for the 2019 FIM Enel MotoE World […]

For a few years, CRP Group has been working with the Energica Motor Company to develop all-electric superbikes. Parts for the Ego and Ego Corsa bikes are being 3D printed with CRP’s Windform composite materials, and it’s been an interesting journey to...
Volkswagen Saves Time with 3D Printed Components During Production of Electric Race Car

Volkswagen Saves Time with 3D Printed Components During Production of Electric Race Car

3D printing is used often nowadays to help race cars make it over the finish line – preferably in first place and breaking records to boot. Famous automobile manufacturer Volkswagen, headquartered in Germany with multiple subsidiaries and over 130 production plants around the world, has turned to 3D printing before to manufacture components for its vehicles, […]

3D printing is used often nowadays to help race cars make it over the finish line – preferably in first place and breaking records to boot. Famous automobile manufacturer Volkswagen, headquartered in Germany with multiple subsidiaries and over 130 production...
Formula Student Team Turns to 3D Printing to Rapidly Produce End-Use Race Car Parts

Formula Student Team Turns to 3D Printing to Rapidly Produce End-Use Race Car Parts

There’s been an increase in recent years of student racing teams turning to 3D printing to help augment their cars before they hit the track. The annual Formula Student competition, held by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK, promotes engineering and pits university student teams from around the world against each other to […]

There’s been an increase in recent years of student racing teams turning to 3D printing to help augment their cars before they hit the track. The annual Formula Student competition, held by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK, promotes engineering...
GM Uses 3D Printing and Autodesk Generative Design Software to Advance Vehicle Design

GM Uses 3D Printing and Autodesk Generative Design Software to Advance Vehicle Design

General Motors has always been a leader and a pioneer of the auto industry, and that’s no exception when it comes to 3D printing. The company has been using the technology for more than 30 years, and was among the earliest adopters in the automotive industry. Today, GM has some of the industry’s most comprehensive […]

General Motors has always been a leader and a pioneer of the auto industry, and that’s no exception when it comes to 3D printing. The company has been using the technology for more than 30 years, and was among the earliest adopters in the automotive industry....
Revolutionizing Mass Transit with 3D Printing: Proterra & Carbon Create Two New Parts for Electric Buses

Revolutionizing Mass Transit with 3D Printing: Proterra & Carbon Create Two New Parts for Electric Buses

3D printing has made fantastic strides in the automotive industry, but not always in the most conventional of ways. While the technology has found its place at BMW, Ford, and even Rolls Royce, you never know where else 3D printed parts will turn up. From production of 3D printed cars from Local Motors to the […]

3D printing has made fantastic strides in the automotive industry, but not always in the most conventional of ways. While the technology has found its place at BMW, Ford, and even Rolls Royce, you never know where else 3D printed parts will turn up. From production of...
Hyundai Mobis Opens New Design Model Workshop to Prototype 3D Printed Parts for Cars

Hyundai Mobis Opens New Design Model Workshop to Prototype 3D Printed Parts for Cars

Based in South Korea, Hyundai Mobis has been an automotive parts manufacturer and supplier for more than 40 years. A future-thinking company, Hyundai Mobis has just become the first automotive supplier, rather than global automaker, to open a design research facility in Korea. Called the Design Model Workshop, the facility was announced late last week. […]

Based in South Korea, Hyundai Mobis has been an automotive parts manufacturer and supplier for more than 40 years. A future-thinking company, Hyundai Mobis has just become the first automotive supplier, rather than global automaker, to open a design research facility...
3D Printed Interior Features on Luxury Concept Car Introduced at New York International Auto Show

3D Printed Interior Features on Luxury Concept Car Introduced at New York International Auto Show

Over the years, we’ve seen many automakers turn to 3D printing when designing and developing concept cars. From self-actuating and solar-powered cars to 3D printed cars inspired by leaves, the technology has been used by many in the automotive industry to predict and show what the future of cars could look like. In 2015, Peugeot introduced a […]

Over the years, we’ve seen many automakers turn to 3D printing when designing and developing concept cars. From self-actuating and solar-powered cars to 3D printed cars inspired by leaves, the technology has been used by many in the automotive industry to...
GKN Sinter Metals and Porsche Engineering 3D Print with a New Kind of Steel

GKN Sinter Metals and Porsche Engineering 3D Print with a New Kind of Steel

Steel, particularly stainless steel and tool steel, is a reliable and commonly used material in industries including tooling and biomedical. What is still relatively uncommon, however, is steel material for additive manufacturing. It exists, it’s just not as common as other metal materials – which is a shame as steel has a number of highly […]

Steel, particularly stainless steel and tool steel, is a reliable and commonly used material in industries including tooling and biomedical. What is still relatively uncommon, however, is steel material for additive manufacturing. It exists, it’s just not as...
Progressive Technology and Betatype Use 3D Printing to Take the Weight Off for Formula One Customer

Progressive Technology and Betatype Use 3D Printing to Take the Weight Off for Formula One Customer

Formula One racing owes a lot to 3D printing, whether it’s prototyping or final parts. 3D printing can reduce the cost of prototyping and fabrication, allows for complex assemblies to be created in fewer parts, and speeds production, just to name a few of its benefits in the automotive sector. Progressive Technology and Betatype recently […]

Formula One racing owes a lot to 3D printing, whether it’s prototyping or final parts. 3D printing can reduce the cost of prototyping and fabrication, allows for complex assemblies to be created in fewer parts, and speeds production, just to name a few of its...
BigRep and Polymertal Take 3D Printing Hybrid Approach to Automotive Prototyping

BigRep and Polymertal Take 3D Printing Hybrid Approach to Automotive Prototyping

3D printing is affecting nearly every industry in some way, but one industry it’s having a major impact on is the automotive one. While the applications may not all be as flashy as 3D printed cars, they’re still affecting the industry in important ways. Automotive manufacturers are saving time, money and resources by using 3D […]

3D printing is affecting nearly every industry in some way, but one industry it’s having a major impact on is the automotive one. While the applications may not all be as flashy as 3D printed cars, they’re still affecting the industry in important ways....
Siemens Joins with Hackrod to Bring Goal of 3D Printed Self-Designing Car Closer

Siemens Joins with Hackrod to Bring Goal of 3D Printed Self-Designing Car Closer

You’ve likely heard of self-driving cars, but self-designing ones? It sounds far-fetched, but that’s the concept that drives Hackrod, a startup that allows anyone to create a customized vehicle using generative design, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and 3D printing. That’s the goal, anyway. Hackrod wants to change the way that cars are manufactured, essentially democratizing […]

You’ve likely heard of self-driving cars, but self-designing ones? It sounds far-fetched, but that’s the concept that drives Hackrod, a startup that allows anyone to create a customized vehicle using generative design, virtual reality, artificial...
3D Printed Electric Car is Ready for Mass Production

3D Printed Electric Car is Ready for Mass Production

The cars we drive are changing, in their capabilities, in how they’re made, and how they look. Autonomous vehicles are beginning to appear on the roads, and more and more cars are being made with 3D printed parts. Electric and hybrid cars are slowly becoming more affordable and numerous. Eventually, we may be looking at roadways […]

The cars we drive are changing, in their capabilities, in how they’re made, and how they look. Autonomous vehicles are beginning to appear on the roads, and more and more cars are being made with 3D printed parts. Electric and hybrid cars are slowly becoming...
Goodyear Unveils Concept for a 3D Printed Tire That Cleans the Air

Goodyear Unveils Concept for a 3D Printed Tire That Cleans the Air

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 75 percent of carbon monoxide pollution in the United States comes from cars, while the Environmental Defense Fund estimates that one third of smog-producing air pollution in the US comes from vehicles on the road. And according to the World Health Organization, more than 80% of people in pollution-measured […]

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 75 percent of carbon monoxide pollution in the United States comes from cars, while the Environmental Defense Fund estimates that one third of smog-producing air pollution in the US comes from vehicles on the road. And...
3D Printing News Briefs: March 6, 2018

3D Printing News Briefs: March 6, 2018

We’re jumping right into business news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by a new study and a grant announcement. Roboze signed a distribution agreement with a new reseller in France, and Additive Industries is moving into a new factory that’s got a lot more space than its current facility. Sculpteo is partnering with […]

We’re jumping right into business news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by a new study and a grant announcement. Roboze signed a distribution agreement with a new reseller in France, and Additive Industries is moving into a new factory...
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