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  • Fact, not fiction

    September 13th 2018

    Mike Farish reports on a sci-fi inspired additive technique that’s gaining interest with automotive manufacturers

  • Making metal add up

    September 13th 2018

    Additively manufactured metal parts present a challenge for high-volume production but at the other end of the scale, engineers are successfully developing the process for specialist, low volume parts. Mike Farish reports

  • VW to 3D print for mass production

    September 12th 2018

    Germany – The technology has been developed as part of a collaboration with GKN

  • Daimler to print aluminium components

    September 5th 2018

    Germany – The company has been able to reduce production costs per part through a pilot project

  • Stratasys starts shipping 3D printer

    August 21st 2018

    Israel – The new printer is described as affordable and accurate, which could prove critical to its use in the automotive sector

  • From prototype to production

    August 17th 2018

    The use of additive manufacturing technologies has now moved passed their initial application area of just ‘rapid prototyping’

  • GM combines software and 3D printing

    May 4th 2018

    US – The OEM believes it can further reduce the weight of certain components by leveraging sophisticated software design and 3D printing

  • 3D printed spray heads

    February 22nd 2018

    SMS Group is using additive manufacturing to produce its new 3D spray heads for forging presses. The company says 3D printing enables it to produce lightweight, compact spray heads that can be tailored to the conditions of the respective dies…

  • Added value

    November 16th 2017

    The use of additively manufactured parts in vehicles is now unexceptional, if not yet pervasive, at least at the high end of the market characterised by low volume and high purchase price. But there are other uses for additive techniques besides final part production and their original application area of rapid prototyping. One that has quietly been making headway for some time is the manufacture of production tooling, both handheld devices for shopfloor workers and attachments for equipment such as robots…

  • It’s time to get personal

    March 14th 2017

    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 local dealership could offer customised spoilers, consoles or dashboards? You won’t need to imagine for much longer, it seems…