Shorten the Auto Parts Development Period Less Than One Week By 3D Printing

December 10, 2019

Auto Exhaust Pipe Printed by SHINING 3D EP-M250 Metal 3D Printer

Background:

Through the traditional manufacturing method, it normally takes nearly 3 years from design to manufacture the first car from the factory. While additive manufacturing is advantageous not only because of a shorten design and production time, but also building complex structure parts. In recent years, a majority of well-known automotive brands such as BMW, Audi and Volkswagen have set up additive manufacturing centers to integrate the new technologies into their manufacturing workflow.

Introduction:

SHINING 3D has been working closely with automotive companies and racecar teams, to help them adopt additive manufacturing in order to increase productivity and reduce the cost. One recent case was helping a company to design, produce and test the auto exhaust pipe in a new product development stage by using SHINING 3D’s metal powder bed fusion (MPBF) technology and high-precision blue-light 3D scanning and inspection technology.

From 3D Printing to 3D Inspection:

Manufacturing process was conducted by SHINING 3D’s metal 3D printer EP-M250 instead of costly, specific tooling greatly shortened the production time while also guaranteed the high quality and reliability. After manually removing support and sand blasting, the 3D printed auto exhaust pipe was ready for testing and adjusting. Then used the OptimScan-5M blue-light metrology 3D scanner to obtain the part’s 3D data in seconds with accuracy up to 5µm, fully meeting the requirements of industrial 3D inspection. Finally, they imported the 3D scan data and original CAD design model into Geomagic Control X to generate the analysis report. The intuitive report allows the user to identify issues and make a faster adjustment, better assisting decision-making and improving efficiency.

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Summary:

By taking an additive manufacturing and 3D inspection approach, it decreased the period from design to installation to just one week, resulting in significant reductions in production time, risks and costs. The additional benefits brought by innovative technologies enable new, lightweight design with more freedom, meeting increasing customized demands in automotive industries. Without a doubt, additive manufacturing is going to play a much greater role in the future, SHINING 3D is developing technologies of direct printing, batch production of customized parts, and larger parts manufacturing in a wider range of applications.