Automotive Prototypes & Production Using 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
ProtoCAM specializes in automotive rapid prototyping and 3D printing/additive manufacturing for the automotive industry. Past ProtoCAM projects include automotive parts and prototypes, automotive components, and physical prototypes for automotive applications. ProtoCAM has produced automotive prototypes for many major auto manufacturers, along with Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers. Its Our vast experience in rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing for automotive applications is a compelling reason to work with ProtoCAM.
The use of 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies in automotive applications is a proven technology used by automotive engineers and designers, and utilized to create physical, tangible prototypes to work with during design and testing.
Automotive Prototyping and Production
The design process for new or improved automotive parts or assemblies includes the important step of producing, examining, and testing a physical prototype, to see how it performs and where it can be improved. Automotive engineers have always used prototypes in their work for iterative testing, but with rapid prototyping, it can be done faster, more efficiently and at a lower cost. Engineers and designers benefit from having an automotive prototype to sample its size and get an idea of its form, fit, feel, and function. Questions to ask include: Does the shape feel the way you wanted it to? Does it connect to other components as it should? Is it easily assembled?
Keep in mind that prototyping and production for automotive applications is not limited to small parts. Multiple components can be joined to create very large items.
Besides automotive prototyping, 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies can be used for producing parts for many automotive applications. ProtoCAM has produced automotive parts for many major automotive manufacturers. This extensive experience with automotive prototypes and production makes ProtoCAM the right partner for automotive production projects.
Automotive Prototypes and Parts from ProtoCAM – Key Benefits
- Reduced design time and cost
- Reduced testing time and cost
- Fast part turn-around
- Better visualization of products with a physical, solid, tactile item in addition to drawings and computer models
- Testing can be based on form, fit, and function
- Quick iterative testing
- Wide variety of available prototype materials
- Confidentiality of product development is assured
Materials Used in Automotive Prototyping
- Silicone rubber
- Stainless steel
- Carbon steel
- HT steel 4140
- Zamac (Zinc/Aluminum)
Contact ProtoCAM for additional material offerings for automotive applications.
Examples of Automotive Rapid Manufacturing
ProtoCAM’s customers have used its rapid prototyping services and 3D printing/additive manufacturing capabilities to create a wide variety of parts, large and small, in many different materials. Here are few examples:
- Engine castings
- Engine parts
- Mechanical parts
- Carbon steel
- Body components
- Trim parts