General Motors recently opened its new, 15,000-square-foot Additive Industrialization Center (AIC), dedicated to 3D printing technology in the automotive industry. The AIC is the capstone of GM’s expertise and increased investment in 3D printing over the last several years.
“The core component of GM’s transformation is becoming a more agile, innovative company, and 3D printing will play a critical role in that mission,” says Audley Brown, GM director of additive design and materials engineering. “Compared to traditional processes, 3D printing can produce parts in a matter of days versus weeks or months, at a significantly lower cost.”
The comprehensive facility includes 24 3D printers, which create polymer and metal parts. GM’s additive design and manufacturing team uses a number of processes at the AIC, including selective laser sintering, selective laser melting, Multi-Jet Fusion and fused deposition modeling. The AIC is intended to validate additive technologies and applications, with frequent pivots to evolving additive machinery and equipment. GM Ventures and GM R&D are collaborative partners with the AIC, to adopt accelerated product development and tooling. Earlier this year, GM shared how 3D printing played a critical role in the company’s transition from making vehicles to medical devices in a matter […]
A specialty manufacturer of high-resolution micro-scale 2D and 3D printing systems has 3D printed a micron-sized...