Select Page

3D printing technology shakes up parts production for automakers, suppliers

3D printing technology shakes up parts production for automakers, suppliers

Written by Paul

October 23, 2018

These prototype parts were made with 3D printers at General Motors’ tech center in Warren, Mich. Automakers and suppliers are on the cusp of revolutionary change through their growing use of 3D printing, a technology that can make custom parts on demand and has the potential to mass-produce parts. Once the technology achieves critical mass, industry analysts say, 3D printing also could affect fixed operations at dealerships. Many automakers now use 3D printing to make prototype parts for vehicle development, as well as tools and assembly aids for manufacturing operations. Several car companies are looking into making production parts with 3D printers in the next five years. Some automakers currently produce handfuls of small replacement parts, typically interior trim pieces. Tech geeks and do-it-yourselfers already are making small parts on demand for older cars — ashtrays, clips and interior trim for which the tooling is long gone — with […]

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like…

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this post with your friends!

Shares