The Ramifications of Printing Cars

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1Q 2014 | IN-1018681


EDAG’s Additive Vehicle Manufacturing Concept


With consumer 3D printers capable of producing a range of items including guns starting to appear, the next step surely is to apply additive/generative manufacturing technologies to industrial processes. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, engineering service provider EDAG showed its Genesis vision for designing and manufacturing car components, modules, and complete body structures via 3D printing, adopting bionic lightweight principles; topological optimization; and multi-functional, crash, and load-conforming design strategies, heavily borrowing from organic structures, such as turtle shells, that offer safety and protection.

EDAG’s research is pointing to Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), which is already available, and Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM), allowing robots to apply thermoplastic materials and incorporate fiber reinforcements, as the most promising additive manufacturing te...

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