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GM is Pushing 3D Printing from the Lab to the Factory

The upcoming Additive Industrialization Center will develop know-how for direct production of 3D-printed parts. 3D printing has been crucial to the launch of General Motors’ halo Corvette sport sports car and was crucial in the company’s ability to pivot to producing medical equipment in response to the COVID-19 virus, but the company has even bigger plans for the technology coming later this year.

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GM printed 17,000 face shields with its additive manufacturing equipment and printed the tooling for the injection molds that have now created 250,000 more shields. Before that, the team building the first mid-engine Corvette prototype relied on 75 percent printed parts to assemble the car for testing. This faster process sped the car’s development and pointed the way for future new car development projects. Currently, GM has the 4,000 square-foot Additive Innovation Lab, which it located in the Warren Technical Center, where the company’s engineers would […]

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