Rapid prototyping was born in the late 1980s. In the 30 years since then, aerospace and medical have been the lighthouses transitioning 3D printing into additive manufacturing. Over the last 18 months, rapid prototyping’s original customers have created one of the busiest growth areas. The advanced transportation segment is now poised to lead the AM revolution toward high-volume serial production and Industry 4.0. With unique challenges relating to cost per part, limited availability of accepted industry materials, and volumes not previously thought possible with AM, the automotive segment is succeeding against all odds.
This presentation will explain what economic and technical changes have occurred to spur this transformation. We will also discuss which non-traditional auto materials are being chosen and why, which style of machines are being used, and the use cases currently in production. The customers highlighted in this presentation will include Daimler-Benz, BMW Group AG, GM, and Volkswagen Group AG.