All Additive/3D Printing articles – Page 4

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    Does 3D printing add up?


    Additive manufacturing has long assisted prototyping, but OEMs are now exploring its uses in production A hot topic for a number of years, it now appears that additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies are starting to be used more widely by a number of automotive OEMs. But while additive manufacturing has ...

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    Ford hails 3D printing in production


    US – In celebrating the 25-year anniversary of the technology, the OEM said it has “played a key role” in the development of three well-known models: the GT, the Mondeo Vignale and the Focus RS. Also used on other Ford vehicles, 3D printing speeds up part prototyping, enabling ...

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    BMW celebrates 25 years of 3D printing


    Germany – In 1990, the OEM’s Rapid Technologies Center in Munich commissioned the development of its first additive manufacturing facilities, and that year prototype parts were made on a stereolithography machine. Early examples featured on concept cars; BMW later developed further procedures and applications in line with component specifications. Today, ...

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    Shaping the future


    This year, for the first time, Euromold went to Düsseldorf, where the event showed signs of being revitalised Euromold departed Frankfurt in Germany after 21 years, with legal wrangles in the background, and now other shows targeting similar market segments have emerged in the shape of Frankfurt’s FormNext ...

  • LM3D Swim, Local Motors

    Local Motors unveils 3D-printed car


    US – Four months after revealing the designs for LM3D Swim, the first vehicle has been produced by the direct digital manufacturing (DDM) methodology which includes 3D printing. Presales of the car, which will cost around $53,000, will begin in spring next year, while manufacturing and delivery are expected ...


    The view from Frankfurt


    Every other year, the automotive industry’s European movers and shakers convene in Frankfurt to gaze in admiration at the latest offerings and future concepts, particularly from the German brands. This year, despite the looming worry over what China’s slowdown might mean, the European car companies did not disappoint, with a ...

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    Laser-sintered indexable insert drills


    MAPAL UK says it has added laser-sintered indexable insert drills with diameters down to 9mm to its QTD drill range. It says it has used laser sintering – a form of 3D printing – in the production of the new drills. This allows a non-circular profile to be used for ...

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    Ford reduces production-line injury rate


    US – The company says it has cut the number of injuries to its 50,000-strong workforce in the country by 70% since 2003, through new ergonomics research, lift-assist devices, workstation redesign and data-driven process changes. “We refer to our assembly line employees as ‘industrial athletes’, due to the physical ...

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    Perfect casting


    Executive director Ed Grainger explains how Grainger & Worrall has transformed the ‘black art’ of casting into a high-tech operation to meet the demands of clients including F1, NASCAR and supercar makers AMS : Could you provide an overview of how the company has developed? Ed Grainger (EG): The ...

  • Smart factory, Audi

    Audi progresses smart factory concept


    Germany – The OEM says it has already implemented some intelligent production processes but will introduce further innovations in the coming years. Audi’s vision for the future, discussed at its recent annual shareholders meeting, encompasses collaborative robots, 3D printing and cars driven from the assembly line in piloted mode. ...

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    KWSP's 3D printing makes 1920s car parts


    UK – Engineers from KW Special Projects (KWSP) in Brackley used their additive manufacturing capabilities and high-performance engineering experience to design and manufacture missing parts for the restoration of a 1927 Amilcar C6, based on a black-and-white photograph. The car had featured an extended selector housing, adapted from the ...

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    Chrysler using 3D printing for axle development


    US – Engineers at the Chrysler Technology Center (CTC) are now printing transparent plastic components for test purposes, providing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) with a better understanding of axle durability and efficiency. In conventional methods of evaluating oil flow inside axles and pinion carriers, ‘windows’ are cut into the ...

  • Nick Holt

    Editor's note: Automotive alchemy


    Automotive manufacturing has, for the most part, become an exact science. With the exception of a few bespoke, artisan operations on luxury models, every operation is simulated, programmed and performed with exacting accuracy. Production processes aim to eliminate errors even within the operations carried out by human operatives. This drive ...

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    BMW sees into the future


    Google Glass is among the smart technologies the OEM is exploring to boost production efficiency The fourth industrial revolution is upon us. At least that’s what the German government believed when it coined the term 'Industry 4.0' to refer not just to increased industrial automation, but also cyber-physical systems, the ...

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    Hot off the printer


    More automotive companies are discovering the benefits of additive manufacturing for rapid prototyping In April, the first race of the 2015 World Endurance Championship at the Silverstone racetrack in the UK will see the debut of the Strakka DOME S103, a low-slung coupe designed and developed by two organisations on ...

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    Smart design in the making


    The latest simulation software can speed up vehicle modelling and compress development timescales At the beginning of 2014, Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg launched a vehicle which, even by its standards, achieved new levels of extreme performance. One:1 takes its name from the ratio of its horsepower to its kerb weight ...

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    Additive manufacturing for industrial use


    Renishaw is developing a machine specifically for production manufacturing, provisionally named EVO Project. The company says this new machine is designed for single material industrial production. Powder handling is almost entirely hands off, whilst powder recirculation, recycling and recovery are all carried out within the inert atmosphere of the ...

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    Envisioning automation


    The latest high-speed, high-functionality cameras are in demand to help automate vehicle production Although the idea of a robot with ‘eyes’ sounds futuristic, the International Federation of Robotics confirms that as long ago as 1980, vision technology helped a robot to pick a randomly orientated component from a tray. The ...

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    The potential of 3D printing


    Steve Erickson, vice-president, Sales and Engineering, First American Plastic , discusses the likely benefits of the technology for automotive OEMs and their customers 3D printing used to be purely the stuff of science fiction – something that was centuries in the future, if plausible at all. But now, this fantasy ...

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    Moulding tools for the future


    What visitors to EuroMold 2013 can expect at the mould-making and tooling expo in Frankfurt this December The programme for 2013 Exhibitors with automotive interests As the world trade fair for mould-making and tooling design and development, EuroMold brings together buyers, suppliers and process experts from all parts of the ...