Additive Manufacturing (AM) for Automotive and Transport

Concept Visualisation

• Accelerate your product design phase. Scaled and real, tangible digital image visualisation

• Design for performance without traditional limitations

• Customise endlessly and validate for engineering

Prototyping

• Shorten production times for revolutionary ideas and enhance quality with rapid validation prototyping and testing

• Accelerate early stages of development with quick and inexpensive functionality testing

• Customise options based on OEM needs and enable brand differentiation

Production and Low Volume Manufacturing

• Shrink your supply chain with low cost solutions including on demand and low volume production

• Customise batches with minimal loss from design changes

• Deliver extreme precision and unfailing endurance from design freedom

• Increase efficiencies and reduce costs with rapid, precise tooling options for vac casting, injection moulding and silicone moulding

What do you want to make today?

“It's always exciting working on concept vehicles. When many of our automotive clients push the boundaries of innovation, we in turn have to push the boundaries of our processes, techniques and technologies. This means investing significantly in R&D to come up with a solution“

Charlie Richardson AM Manager

SLA in the Automotive Sector

Concept Visualisation

Large print areas enable automotive design engineers to produce high detail, robust, superbly finished, finely detailed scale models.

Validation Prototyping

From fins to wing mirrors; from consoles to tail lights, SLA offers the bed size, water resistance, transparency where required, and fine detailing for large and small components.

Pre-production

SLA is the perfect solution to low cost tooling production, especially when low numbers of finely detailed parts are required.

Applications

Aesthetic prototypes such as consoles, lenses, grips, jigs and fixtures, tooling, panels.

SLS in the Automotive Sector

Validation Prototyping

Check form and fit for under bonnet applications requiring high temperatures and high levels of strength and durability. SLS enables the engineer to design parts with variable wall thicknesses to increase strength to weight ratios.

Pre-production

SLS can help with low cost tooling production, especially when low numbers of finely detailed parts are required; creation of jigs and fixtures for pre-production parts.

Applications

Heat resistant functional parts; ducting and bellows; complex interlocking parts in very low volumes.

FFF in the Automotive Sector

Validation Prototyping

Check form and fit for cockpit and under bonnet applications requiring high levels of strength and durability.

Production

FFF, reinforced with Kevlar, carbon or Fiberglass, produces strong, lightweight, end-use parts with considerable costs and time savings.

Applications

Fixtures, cradles, and prototypes, which need to be stiff and strong, and durable; one-off functional parts such as electronics housings, gear paddles and handles.

DLS in the Automotive Sector

Cut production costs with parts on demand

We know that if you are to win that race to market, you also need to be able to create high-strength production parts in a tight time frame. Or, you’ll need to flex your supply chain with end-use parts on demand. They’ll comprise complex geometries yet need to be tough enough to endure the rigors of everyday use, high-speed racing or off-roading.

We can help you deliver on value and on economies of scale. Our revolutionary additive manufacturing technology, Digital Light Synthesis™ opens up exciting production and customisation opportunities. It produces parts with all the qualities of injection moulded plastics without the tooling costs. It offers an array of specially formulated materials, from rigid, fire-resistant polyurethanes to ultra-impact absorbent elastomers.

Production

Print end-use parts with consistent isotropic and mechanical properties. Multiple parts provide scale economics.

Applications

Air and fluid routing, electronics housing, speaker grills, surface textures, dashboard trim, impact absorption areas (seats and paneling), dampers, brackets and mounts, buttons, badges and trim.