All Additive/3D Printing articles – Page 3

  • Brose_Electric-Motors

    Motor reflex


    Brose’s Bernd Kaufer tells AMS how engineering instincts helps him to run the company’s Würzburg plant At 7:00am each working morning, Bernd Kaufer begins his day by consulting his smartphone. As general manager of Brose’s Würzburg plant, his first task is to check on the status of operations there. ...

  • Paintshop, MAN Munich

    MAN to invest €2.4 billion by 2020


    Germany – The funds, equivalent to $2.8 billion, will go towards modernising the company’s sites and improving efficiency across all divisions, and will include a €1.1 billion upgrade at its main plant in Munich between 2015 and 2020. In Munich, MAN is opening a new paintshop, expanded bodyshop, a combined ...

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    How RFID is changing EDI


    With OEMs and tier suppliers seeking benefits on cost, quality, delivery and access to more data than ever before, technology provider Radley Corporation sees manufacturing competitiveness coming not only from emerging technologies but also the adaptation of older, existing technology such as electronic data interchange (EDI) and RFID For over ...


    All the right tools


    Supplying the Asia Pacific region ASSAB not only offers a wide range of premium quality tool steels, but also innovative metallurgical and tooling services Headquartered in Singapore the company has its sales companies and service centres in all of the key industrial markets in Asia Pacific. ASSAB says it is ...

  • Industry 4.0 training, Seat Martorell

    Seat launches 4.0 training programme


    Spain – The OEM says that personnel will interact with some of the tools and technology that will become common in production processes in the near future and are already being introduced, including virtual reality, collaborative robots, 3D printing and augmented reality. Of 2,000 employees registered for training, 1,200 have ...

  • Jim Hackett

    Ford hopes new top team can Hackett


    US – Replacing Mark Fields, who is retiring after 28 years with the company, Jim Hackett will become president and CEO, reporting to executive chairman Bill Ford. The OEM also named Jim Farley, Joe Hinrichs and Marcy Klevorn in new leadership roles under Hackett. Hackett held senior positions outside the ...

  • 3D printing of vehicle parts

    It's time to get personal


    The advent of 3D printing has set the industry’s imagination racing with regard to how far this innovative technology could actually push technological boundaries, particularly concerning personalisation. We all love choosing the colour scheme, upholstery, wheels and trims for our new cars, so how great would it be if your ...

  • Virtual Manufacturing

    Macro ergonomics


    By assessing hundreds of assembly tasks through virtual simulation, ergonomists at Ford have helped to drastically reduce worker-injury rates Industrial athletes, that’s how Ford affectionately regards its assembly line employees. The phrase is an acknowledgement of the physicality required to work on an automotive production line. However, the OEM also ...

  • Stratasys, Ford

    Ford trials large-scale 3D printing


    US – The OEM is exploring how substantial, one-piece components such as spoilers could be printed for the prototyping and future production of vehicles, with resultant decreases in weight and fuel consumption. Ford is using a Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer at its research centre in Dearborn, Michigan. “With ...

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    Position of power


    Flexible power distribution systems are energising automotive tier one suppliers’ growth Growth in the automotive industry is benefiting from an extensive global network composed of thousands of tier one suppliers. While not only good for business, this growth functions as a catalyst for advancements in technology that eventually will be ...

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    Layer upon layer


    Researchers at Ford Dearborn are keen to see additive manufacturing move on from its prototyping origins and into the mainstream volume production process In itself, there is nothing new about the automotive industry’s use of the set of techniques generally known as additive manufacturing or 3D printing, in which objects ...

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    Layer upon layer


    Researchers at Ford Dearborn are keen to see additive manufacturing move on from its prototyping origins and into the mainstream volume production process In itself, there is nothing new about the automotive industry’s use of the set of techniques generally known as additive manufacturing or 3D printing, in which objects ...

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    Infinite possibilities


    Mexico’s firm footing in the automotive industry makes it an ideal market for additive manufacturing technology Additive manufacturing, sometimes known as 3D printing, is a revolutionary technology able to produce complex shapes which cannot be produced by traditional techniques such as casting, forging and machining; expanding the possibilities of ...

  • Divergent 3D

    PSA and Divergent 3D to transform car structures


    France – The OEM has signed a Strategic Partnership Letter of Intent relating to multiple development projects in collaboration with the US-based 3D printing company. PSA plans to boost the efficiency of its operations by implementing Divergent 3D technology in its production processes. Divergent 3D has developed a software-hardware ...

  • The AM S 290 Tooling solution has been created by GFMS and EOS

    Printing the future


    Additive manufacturing offers many benefits and the technology is seeing wider application in the automotive industry Among the most recent additive manufacturing (AM) trends are the advantages it can bring to mould-making processes. The quality of plastic components in modern cars has increased greatly over the years in terms of ...

  • Control

    Taking Control of quality


    AMS previews the array of quality-assurance technologies that will be on display at the Control 2016 show Control 2016 – the International Trade Fair for Quality Assurance – is celebrating its 30th anniversary by featuring techniques and hardware used in quality assurance, including conventional mechatronic measuring systems, ...

  • Hannover Messe

    Getting connected at Hannover Messe


    The show will highlight innovation in production and process automation, system solutions and industrial IT With the Industry 4.0 concept high on the agenda, issues of connectivity and data management will be highlighted at this year’s Hannover Messe , along with additive manufacturing, energy efficiency, preventive maintenance and lightweight ...

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    Subtractive or additive manufacturing?


    We all know that improving process productivity is one of the primary means for automotive plants to reduce costs. However, after decades of lean manufacturing initiatives, CI and Kaizen events, most are finding that there’s not much fat left on the bone. It therefore boils down to technology to make ...

  • BMW Tiexi

    Editor's note: A good year?


    I don’t usually do end-of-year round-ups, but the events of the previous 12 months posed a question that is worth considering as we begin a new year: was 2015 a good one for automotive manufacturing? The figures would suggest that the answer is ‘yes’. China’s automotive market continued to grow, ...

  • New 2016 Nissan Altima production begins in Smyrna

    Driving down the skills gap


    If the automotive industry is to continue its progress, manufacturers will have to prioritise human resources The US needs to fill no fewer than 3.5m manufacturing jobs over the next decade, according to Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, Washington. Meanwhile, UK organisations are pouring £42.9 billion ($64.7 billion) of investment ...