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Continental accelerates towards agile auto production with 3D printing

Continental accelerates towards agile auto production with 3D printing

Written by David

September 17, 2020

Though it may best be known for its tires, Continental AG has its fingers in many pies in the automotive sector, including part production, connectivity, automated driving and mobility services. These business areas are tackled by the company’s Continental Engineering Services (CES) division, which has been a keen adopter of additive manufacturing in recent years.

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Today, Continental has an entire Additive Design and Manufacturing (ADaM) Competence Center that produces sample parts for customers, as well as mechanical parts and series production of metal or plastic components. One of the center’s most productive systems is a Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D printer, which makes all manner of things, from prototypes, to jigs and fixtures, to end-use parts, and is compatible with ESD-compliant materials. A 3D printed X-ray guide made from ULTEM 9085 resin used to ensure automotive sensors are kept in place during production. “We carefully select additive manufacturing technologies […]

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