Big Push in Germany to Enable 3D Printing in Automotive Industry

3DPrint.com | April 17, 2019

Big Push in Germany to Enable 3D Printing in Automotive Industry
3D printing and additive manufacturing have become a matter of national importance in Germany, and to the automotive industry overall. Several organizations-along with the ongoing support of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and the Chair for Digital Additive Production DAP of RWTH Aachen University-are eager to see the Industrialization and Digitization of Additive Manufacturing for Automotive Series Processes lead the way for furthering the use of AM processes in the auto industry. Project partners for IDAM include a variety of small to medium enterprises and research institutions, all dedicated to the progress of metallic 3D printing for the manufacturing of vehicles.

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Metal 3D printing introduced a diferent, new way to fabricate parts. After hundreds of years of metal fabrication limited to cutting and forming operations, the idea of methodically building up raw material into a desired shape was completely foreign to the manufacturing industry. What sorts of parts could a 3D printer produce? Would it make traditional metalworking obsolete?

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Metal 3D printing introduced a diferent, new way to fabricate parts. After hundreds of years of metal fabrication limited to cutting and forming operations, the idea of methodically building up raw material into a desired shape was completely foreign to the manufacturing industry. What sorts of parts could a 3D printer produce? Would it make traditional metalworking obsolete?