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Advanced Manufacturing Now: How the Auto Industry Will Adopt 3D Printing

Advanced Manufacturing Now: How the Auto Industry Will Adopt 3D Printing

Written by David

January 8, 2019

By Bill Koenig Senior Editor Nobody knows just yet how the auto industry will adopt 3D printing. But Desktop Metal Inc. (Burlington, MA) is in a better position than most to make an educated guess. Both Ford Motor Co. and BMW AG are among Desktop Metal’s investors. The company also works with Volkswagen AG. Ken Washington, Ford’s chief technology officer, is on Desktop Metal’s Board. “The industry has accepted it’s coming,” said Jonah Myerberg, Desktop Metal’s CTO and co-founder. “Big OEMs are trying to understand how to do this internally.” Automakers that work with Desktop Metal are “all forming a center of excellence within their organization to really understand this.” The conventional wisdom is additive manufacturing will lag in automotive compared with industries such as aerospace. Production volumes are higher for cars and trucks than aircraft. 3D printing might be a match for making molds and dies for the […]

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