Could aftermarket parts be a niche application for 3D printing? I think it has huge potential. I’m reading a story about an aftermarket auto parts manufacturer that leveraged 3D printing to produce more advanced forms for their latest parts set.
Aftermarket parts are made independently of the original automobile manufacturer, but are designed to enhance the looks or performance of a vehicle. Typically they’re consumed by enthusiasts looking to get the edge on their unique vehicle. Indeed, aftermarket parts can make a vehicle unique among others of the same model.
Cambridge engineers have begun a three-year research programme to help speed up the manufacture of metallic 3D printed...