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Advantages of 3D Printed Vehicle Replacement Parts

Mercedes-Benz / Daimler Buses, already use 3D printed components for their spare parts

A pocket-friendly and fast-paced process that allows you to make physical objects out of customizable designs made on a computer screen will inevitably find its use in the automobile industry; particularly the spare parts sector.

Many automobile companies, like Mercedes-Benz or Daimler Buses, already use intricate 3D-printed components for their vehicles and spare parts. Daimler has also listed on its website an entire list of 3D printed replacement parts for their buses, and users can get those parts delivered to their homes. Mercedes-Benz 3d-prints about 1 hundred thousand spare parts to send to its offshoot companies annually.  Evidently, this has been a successful endeavor for the company and many others.

3D technology allows for the printing materials to be just about anything; rubber, plastic or metal. So practically any part of a vehicle can be repaired, replaced and remade. Most of it is wiring, brackets, spacers, covers, drawers, rings, caps, retaining strips, ducts or springs. But some companies have even 3D-constructed entire bonnets of cars.

There are a lot of perks in investing in a 3D printer for your automobile company or just simply using the 3D-printed spare parts. So, let’s break them down one by one.

 

A Swift and Economic Manufacturing Process

3D printing takes less manufacturing time as opposed to designing and building actual car components. Weeks or months of a procedure will take only a few days to finish and will be ready to be shipped. Plus, since this technique is digital-based, requiring only a small team of designers, it means it is not resource-intensive.

How fast is it?

Printing things layer by layer may seem like it takes a lot of time, but the when compared with manual designing and labor of its commercial counterparts, it is relatively faster in both production and turnaround.

The post-designing process is almost instantaneous, converting weeks and months of a manual process into mere days of digital processes. With smaller parts of the car, like rings or covers, it may take only a few hours. On average, the total delivery time may be about 6-10 business days for larger parts.

 

How is it Cost-Reductive?

The objects constructed from 3D printed materials are made from reusable plastic and metal that can be melted and reconstructed again, there is little waste in regard to supplies and resources.

Additionally, there is no need for separate warehouses or storage facilities. This is because of the computer-based nature of not only the orders but the product material. The latter is ready to be delivered right after delivery and require no cooling down or setting time.

3D printing spare parts is an overall environment-friendly, recyclable and cost-effective endeavor for the dealership, auto manufacturer, and the consumer.

 

Classic Car Components:

Perhaps one of the biggest needs that 3D printing can meet rests in the classics. Most customers of 3D printing businesses are owners of classic cars that date back to the early to mid-1900s and whose parts are not manufactured anymore. Like the Porsche 944, or the Ford RS200, or simply a rusty old pick-up truck that helps around the family farm.

When it comes to classic car components, dashboards and mirrors are practically impossible to find in the market. With the digital designing feature of 3D printing, which then converts it into an end-use object, the process becomes essentially hassle-free.

 

Conclusion

3D printing offers a customizable, digitalized and economic solution to many of the spare-part industry’s woes. If strategically utilized, 3D printers have immense potential to enhance customer satisfaction, all the while reducing waste, and diminishing storage costs.

Additionally, 3D printed spare-parts offer a maximum profit. In fact, according to a SmarTech report, the 3D printing-based portion of the automobile industry will have generated $1.1 billion in revenue by the year 2019.

Conclusively, the 3D printed spare-parts industry is on its way to having an ergonomic future in the global economic atmosphere.

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