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3D printing in the automotive industry is now essential, additive manufacturing applications become more numerous, driving the development and adaptation of processes and technology to meet the specific needs and address the constraints of this rapidly evolving sector.
Industrial 3D printers have opened new paths at each stage of production of motor vehicles; from the functional prototyping phases, design, and tooling production to parts manufacturing, the automotive industry is one of the pioneers in the use and integration of 3D printing in its processes.
Our additive manufacturing technologies allow you to design automotive parts with complex geometries that would be difficult or impossible to produce with traditional methods while offering benefits such as reducing weight, thus optimizing the energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions of vehicles, for example.
By removing the need for tooling and assembly, 3D printing significantly reduces the cost and development time of prototyping and manufacturing of functional, durable and rigid parts.
It also provides a new answer to the growing needs for small runs of customized parts.
Today, Prodways develops a wide range of 3D printing solutions specifically dedicated to the automotive sector with open platforms to facilitate customer innovation and high-temperature configurations to process high-performance materials.
Our portfolio of materials includes PA6 materials for additive manufacturing of complex structures and individually designed parts.
They have the same mechanical properties of strength, hardness and thermal stability as the parts widely produced today in PA6 via traditional injection methods making them perfectly suited for hot engine parts for automotive small series or for Formula 1.
Our PA11 materials or PA12 loaded, combined with the large build platforms of our industrial plastic 3D printers, also offer the ability to manufacture parts imitating PA6-MD30 or PP-GB injected mechanical properties for applications such as air conditioning systems or wide truck parts.
Prodways exclusive MOVINGLight® 3D printing technology allows the manufacturing of master models with very high precision for the automotive sector – turbos, for example:
– Validation of the mechanical properties of the parts with 3D printed prototypes prior to producing your tools, reducing the budget and time to manufacture injection molds for prototyping while facilitating the necessary iterations to complete your prototypes in the shorter timelines imposed by the market.
– Optimizing the level of detail and resolution of your master models with superior results, compared to methods using traditional wax, without distorting the master model
– Casting of high-value by 3D printing high resolution master models with castable resins. This process allows users to optimize part geometries and performance while removing the limitations and constraints of injection-molded master models.
Prodways laser sintering technology improves accuracy and provides exceptional compliance on all your prototypes for functional validations in automotive industry.
Our technology also offers excellent thermal stability for optimized mechanical properties, very high productivity reducing operational costs and uses a powerful range of additive manufacturing materials that are perfectly suitable for a broad range of applications.
With our industrial high resolution 3D printers using MOVINGLight® technology, you can improve responsiveness and reduce costs for the production of your injection molds for plastic car parts such as door handles, clipping elements, aerators, etc.
Additive manufacturing materials developed by Prodways for injection molds resist the pressures involved with the process and are durable enough to be used in the injection molding from tens to hundreds of parts, depending on the injected material.
You can 3D print different iterations of a mold in very short time to test your prototype and speed up the time-to-market of your products or to produce small runs.
All Prodways 3D printers offer an open platform for automotive R & D centers to develop their own applications and drive innovation beyond traditional methods or existing technologies.
In addition, our high-temperature laser sintering 3D printers, unique in their price range, allow users to work with new high-performance materials such as PA6 to develop new, innovative applications for the direct production of hot engine parts.
INITIAL, leading French in Product Development, Additive Manufacturing and Production, is parts design and production center of Prodways Group.
We are certified ISO 9001, and offer a wide range of ongoing services specifically adapted to the automotive industry :
• Process parts for industrialization/methods
• Additive manufacturing for pre-series/series parts
• Conservation of unique parts