Since it opened in April 2016, Materialise’s production site for metal 3D printing in Bremen has expanded to include more new 3D metal printers. Materialise Streamics software ensures optimum, cost-saving management of the printers and the orders completed with them. Process engineer Philip Buchholz explains how Streamics has been modified to meet requirements from a growing pool of printers to diverse customer needs.
Nissan uses 3D printing technology to create prototypes and experiment with new vehicle shapes. This involved a lot of manual work. Thanks to Materialise software, they managed to change the entire process and make it much more efficient. Data preparation time was reduced from months to seconds.
By relying on 3D Printing, Hyundai Motor Company can create new products in a fast and cost-effective way, and experiment with designs with almost no design limitations or material waste. But how do they efficiently manage their Additive Manufacturing (AM) production?
With over 9 million manufactured cars, buses, trucks and other vehicles, Tata Motors is leading the automotive industry in India. And by producing the majority of their output in their own country, they contribute to the ‘Make in India’ policy of the Indian government, launched to stimulate the country’s growth. As drivers of the Indian automotive landscape, they ventured to intensively apply 3D Printing as a new technology for their prototype development, using both Laser Sintering and Stereolithography machines. But how do they make sure they use these technologies in the most efficient way?
Driving pleasure, ergonomics and safety have always been important for the automotive industry. A rising new trend is smart mobility. This means applying innovation and modern technology to stimulate sustainable mobility. One of the goals of smart mobility is to cope with the negative effects of mobility such as traffic jams, pollution and traffic casualties.
Experts in the industry agree that 3D printing jigs and fixtures can make an immediate impact on automotive companies. By relying on 3D printing technology, companies can improve their efficiency and heavily cut expenses. In addition, the reduction of the lead-time is significant.
PEUGEOT was in quest of the perfect concept car: a fully-electric urban coupé wrapped up in sleek aesthetics — but above all, it had to sound perfect. To create an anechoic chamber in the car’s interior, and maximize the effect of the sound system, PEUGEOT turned to laser sintering.
FashionTech designer Anouk Wipprecht’s dresses are based on the intersection between technology and design, and explore the interaction between human beings and their personal spaces. For her Audi A4 collection, Anouk used Materialise Magics to prepare her designs for 3D printing.
When you’re aiming to make the fastest electric car in the world, every bit of weight optimization matters: so we helped InMotion create lightweight 3D-printed wishbones for the suspension. Thanks to our Metal Printing Factory and software, InMotion is on its way to an ambitious goal.
Toyota wanted to produce a lightweight car seat prototype with minimal volume and an optimal heat capacity. Not only was it challenging to design, but working with such a large file size was tough too. Fortunately, Toyota had Materialise’s engineering team and software expertise to work with.
Altair, a company offering technology and services for business and engineering innovation, has twenty years of experience in optimizing strength in structure and design. In the past, their users redesigned optimized models in CAD and sent them for conventional manufacturing.