Manufacturing

Röchling Automotive Is Shifting Gears to Make an Engine 35% Lighter

Solutions: Metal Production

Engineering and manufacturing company Röchling Automotive was given an ambitious target by one of their automobile OEM customers: to reduce the weight of an engine by 35%. After partnering with Materialise to optimize, design, cast an aluminum inlet and print in plastic around the metal core, they are on their way to meeting this goal.

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Software

Nissan Automated Their Production Process with Materialise Software

Solutions: Laser Sintering, Magics

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.

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Manufacturing

Thinking Additive: How Volvo Car Gent Has Reimagined Production Fixtures

Solutions: Certified Additive Manufacturing

Volvo Car Gent discovered that streamlining your supply of tools and fixtures can unlock savings, production headroom and more. This 3D-printed gluing jig combines all previous components in one fixture, weighs 64% less and can be delivered in only two weeks at nearly half the price of the previous jig.

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Software

3D-Printed Jigs and Fixtures with a 40% Weight Reduction

Solutions: Magics

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.

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Manufacturing

The PEUGEOT FRACTAL Concept Car: 3D Printing Acoustic Interiors

Solutions: Build Processor, Laser Sintering, Streamics

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.

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Software

A Lightweight Battery Structure: Born to Race

Solutions: 3-matic, Build Processor, Magics

At the biennial World Solar Challenge this year, where solar-powered race cars made by university students race an impressive 3,021 km across Australia, the Belgian team’s car had a whopping average speed of 90km/h. One of their secret weapons? An inventive battery structure.

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Manufacturing

Setting Wheels InMotion: 3D Printing Titanium Parts for an Electric Race Car

Solutions: 3-matic, Metal 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.

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Software

Materialise Slicing Technology Enables Toyota’s Lightweight Car Seat

Solutions: 3-matic, Build Processor, Laser Sintering

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.

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Manufacturing

Tackling Technical Challenges with 3D Printing from the Outside In

Solutions: 3-matic, FDM, Laser Sintering, TPU 92A-1

After the success of launching the world’s first 3D Printed car, Formula Group T decided to maximize the design freedom of 3D Printing to help solve technical challenges in their new 2013 EVE Racecar.

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Manufacturing

Rimac's Concept_One

Solutions: Stereolithography

The world’s first electric supercar, the Concept One, can go from 0–62 mph in 2.8 seconds and reach speeds of 300 km per hour. Even more, it’s sporting 3D Printed parts.

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Manufacturing

A Perfect Finish for Audi A1

Solutions: 3-matic, FDM, RapidFit+

Introduced at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the Audi A1 is a beauty to behold. Perfected down to the last detail, when it came time to paint the bicolor version of this car, Audi turned to Materialise.

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Manufacturing

Materialise Contributes to Pininfarina Sintesi Concept Car

The Sintesi, a concept car that explores ideas for the car of the future, wowed audiences at the International Motor Show in Geneva as the first to feature additive technology in a prominent role.

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