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. [...]

The automotive industry is one sector that has embraced 3D printing with both hands. While consumers are still not sure about whether 3D printing serves a practical purpose in their everyday lives, and some industries are still skeptical of the benefits, 3D printing is producing some fantastic results for car manufacturers and related companies. Here is our assessment of the top ten printed automotive applications that are in use right now.

  1. Ai Design – Ai design is known for its bespoke interior items that are often seen on high-end cars. These parts include the ability to add radar detectors, SatNav units and smartphones into the car’s interior for full use and accessibility. The company has been using 3D printed parts that are cheaper, more flexible and feature even more innovative designs than before.
  2. Automotive Lenses – The first impression from automotive parts manufacturers was that it would be difficult to achieve clear lenses due [...]

3D Printing is Changing Auto Manufacturing

3D printing in auto manufacturing is creating stronger and lighter vehicles.

When people think about innovation in the design and manufacturing of cars, we are always thinking about futuristic possibilities. We begin to imagine cars that can fly, or drive themselves. But sometimes the innovation that we are seeing in auto manufacturing is not so obvious to the average customer.

Did you know that close to 50 percent of the steel that is used in modern vehicles did not even exist 15 years ago?

And now with the increasing popularity of 3D printing in auto manufacturing, we are reaching new heights when it comes to having stronger and lighter vehicles.

The year 2014 marked the first time a 3D printed car was created. Local Motors is responsible for that feat. The company 3D-printed a car using ABS carbon-filter blends, and called it Strati. There are three models of such vehicles now produced by the company, which shows how important 3D printing in auto manufacturing has become. [...]

3D Printing and the Automotive Revolution

What Does This Mean For Consumers?

Cars of yesteryear were heavier, slower, and took longer to build. This was partly due to technological limits of the era. However, materials also played a heavy-handed role.

Today, the steel used in auto manufacturing did not even exist 15 to 20 years ago, according to Dave Paratore, president and CEO of NanoSteel.

Along with newly manufactured high-density steel, composites, and adhesives, cars are being made faster, stronger, and lighter. As innovation carries auto manufacturing far into the future, 3D printing is now at the forefront of this endeavor.

 

The Age of 3D Printed Vehicles

Local Motors, an innovative automotive manufacturer with locations spanning Berlin, Knoxville, National Harbor, and Tempe, were at the forefront of the automotive revolution in respects to 3D printing.

In 2014, LM used an ABS carbon-fiber blend (about 80/20) to print the world’s first 3D printed car. The car is called [...]

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