Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printing Automotive: Part 1


Tessa Blokland  

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One of the things I like about 3D printing and AM is that it is a relatively young technology (30 years now), that is evolving, expanding and spreading into the manufacturing industry. Each step opens up new possibilities and creates new insights for the whole ecosystem. It is almost like educating a child: it takes a village to raise one, right? If you don’t believe me and you still believe 3D printing and AM is about prototyping, and an interesting-but-not-lasting hype, please a look and have read to Davide Sher‘s series on ‘How major automakers use AM for production today‘. In each article, Sher focuses on one automotive brand and its use of AM in the production of car parts. Every image in this week’s blog post refers to an article in the series published on 3D Printing Media Network.

Metal 3D printed water connectors for the Audi W12 engine.

Generatively optimized 3D printed steel seat bracket, developed by General Motors.

3D printed stowage compartment and its position in the side paneling located on the left-hand side of the driver’s area, for Daimler Benz’s buses and coaches of the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands.

The last example comes from Ford. It is a Carbon 3D printed Ford HVAC lever arm.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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