Autmomotive 3D Metal Sintering

3D Metal Printing provides automobile manufacturers with the basis for low-cost rapid prototyping and individualised serial production of high-end parts.

Demand for innovation :

Automobile manufacturers are faced with major challenges. There is also a growing need for customer-specific solutions. However, the problem with small-series production and the increasing demand for customisation is that traditional tool-based manufacturing processes often cannot be applied profitably.

Innovative, tool-less 3D Metal Printing laser sintering technology provides a new approach to tackling the current challenges facing the automotive industry. It offers maximum design freedom while allowing the creation of complex yet light components with high levels of rigidity. 3D Metal Printing enables Additive Manufacturing of components with integrated functionality, without the need for tools, thereby cutting development and production costs. What is more, suppliers can respond to customer requirements by offering individualised serial production of parts.

Rapid prototyping based on Additive Manufacturing also means automobile manufacturers can increase the efficiency of their research and development processes, enabling them to get their products on the market more quickly.

Serial Production Vehicles:

3D Metal Printing offers the solution for individualised serial production of high-end, weight-optimised components in automotive engineering.

Nowadays the automotive industry is focused on energy-efficient engines, reducing CO2 emissions and an increasing demand for customer-specific components in serial production. Unlike 3D Metal Printing, tool-based production technologies prove inadequate when faced with these challenges: very often it is not possible to apply them profitably to small batch sizes or where enhanced customisation is required. Automobile components adapted to customer-specific requirements reflect changing customer expectations: after all an automobile conveys emotions, and the more these can be geared towards the owner, the more powerful the emotional bond. 3D Metal Printing is the solution here: it enables cost-efficient manufacture of individualised mass products.

Another disadvantage of conventional manufacturing techniques is that they limit design freedom. As a result, components are always a compromise between function and feasibility. 3D Metal Printing frees up development from these constraints. Laser sintering only applies material where it is functionally necessary. This makes for extremely light and yet highly rigid parts that can even comprise integrated functions. Simple parts such as hinges, brackets and pneumatic actuators can be designed, produced and installed as integrated components. Reducing the mass of moving and/or accelerating components is especially important since this directly enhances energy efficiency.

Motor Racing:

3D Metal Printing meets challenges in motor racing where conventional manufacturing techniques prove inadequate.

Motor racing has been the think-tank of the automotive industry for decades. It is here that new ideas and technologies are put into practice before finding their way into serial production. A large number of components used in motor racing are custom-built. In addition to precisely defined functional properties, low weight and a high degree of stability are usually crucial requirements. This imposes considerable demands in terms of the manufacturing technology used: it has to enable innovative and often unusual designs, as well as allowing parts and part variants to be produced cost-efficiently and as simply as possible.

3D Metal Printing perfectly meets these requirements. 3D Metal Printing gives design engineers the necessary freedom to convert innovative ideas into high-performance products, sometimes based on highly complex designs. Laser sintering technology only involves the application of material where it is functionally required, so the resulting components are extremely light yet highly rigid as well as comprising integrated functions where necessary.
Since the set-up in Additive Manufacturing does not require tools, design engineers can directly optimise CAD component data and produce part variants at short notice. What is more, users have a diverse range of materials at their disposal: 3D Metal Printing offers a broad spectrum of high-quality metals with various properties. It is because of these benefits that there are so many; motor racing teams use 3D Metal Printing.