Capable of printing car parts of practically any shape or length, the Stratasys Infinite Build system provides an efficient and affordable way to produce vehicles, making design iterations a lot easier.
Companies world over are now employing 3D print technology for manufacturing applications in everything from aerospace, to education, to medicine. For automobiles, it helps develop significantly lighter-weight parts which can help improve fuel efficiency. A 3D-printed spoiler, for instance, could weigh less than half of its metal-cast equivalent. Additionally, it is also more cost effective for low volume production.
For 3D printing to work, specifications for the component are transferred from the computer-aided design program to the printer’s computer, which analyzes the design. The device prints one layer of material at a time, gradually stacking the layers into a finished 3D object. Using traditional methods, an engineer would create a computer model and wait for months for prototype tooling to be produced. With 3D printing, the same can be done in a matter of days at a significantly reduced cost.