If there’s anything that makes us feel like we’re living in the futuristic world that was once predicted, it’s 3D Printers. You’ve likely already heard about this technology, and the insane products that they can create. Now, Volkswagen wants to use these printers to mass produce their auto parts.
The company says that they plan to use HP metal printing technology to manufacture very specific parts of their cars – including custom tailgate lettering and gear knobs. Of course, creating an entire car out of a 3D printer is a bit further off.
What makes this different than how other automobile car companies are using 3D Printers, and how they’re currently using the technology? Up until now, brands have made use of the innovation for creating prototypes or developing individual components.
Now consider the fact that the average Volkswagen has up to 8,000 parts.
Obviously, the ability to mass produce these components through the use of a 3D printer is more efficient. And one of those time-saving advantages comes from the opportunity to skip building the manufacturing tools themselves.
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And this new tech will allow “highly stressed” components – such as pistons – to be created through a 3D printer. How exactly does it work? Essentially, the printer will produce layer upon layer of material, melding them together into one single part.
The ability to mass produce metal parts applies to more than just the automobile industry. This could be a game changer for medical and industrial sectors of the economy as well – industries that mass produce billions of metal parts every year.
The world’s largest automobile company already has ninety 3D printers that they use to make replacements for rare parts.
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Data Source: money.cnn.com