Right Fit: Bentley Motors, Ford turn toward 3D printing for parts, accessories

Toronto, Ontario — Both Bentley Motors and Ford Motor Co. made 3D-printing announcements this week, with the former announcing its exploration in 3D printed vehicle components, down to powertrains, and Ford releasing open-source files for customized interior accessories. Bentley’s announcement came alongside an investment in the automaker’s additive manufacturing (AM) capacity at its Crewe, England, factory, […]

Market update: One million 3-D printed parts; Hyundai takes to the air

BMW Group recently fitted its one-millionth 3-D printed component, a window guide rail for the BMW i8 Roadster.

By Cindy Macdonald Toronto – November 19, 2018 – In this week’s market update, 3-D printed parts on the rise, Hyundai invests in aerial mobility and autonomous vehicles are a risky business. BMW reaches 1 million 3-D printed partsAt the BMW Group, the use of 3D-printed components is increasing. Over the last decade, the company […]

Streamlining part sourcing with 3D printing

Carl Dumele, CEO of Aeromotive holds up two parts for a visual inspection. The part on the left is the original, damaged bracket. The one on your right is a new part Aeromotive turned out with its 3D printer.

Elgin, Illinois — November 9, 2016 — Carl Dumele has a problem—and solution—that he’d like to share with you. Dumele is the CEO of Aeromotive, a company specializing in electrical connectors and wiring harnesses. In addition, the company provides additive manufacturing services, otherwise known as 3D printing, and that’s where the solution to this particular […]

Freshmade 3D provides custom and rare parts made to order

Freshmade 3D digitally designs parts, then 'prints' them using a process called additive manufacturing.

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — July 6, 2017 — Car restorers looking for that impossible-to-find part have a new potential source. A new tech-based start-up in Youngstown, Ohio, has begun printing custom rare auto parts using a new technology known as additive manufacturing. Similar to 3D printing, additive manufacturing sees metal powders used to […]

Daihatsu opens the era of mass customization

Copen owners will be able to customize the Effect Skin design by changing parameters for truly one-of-a kind patterns and textures.

Minneapolis, Minnesota — June 26, 2016 — Automotive customization through 3D printing has been predicted for a while now, but Daihatsu may be the first automakers to deliver on that prediction. The company has been collaborating with 3D printing firm Stratasys to bring mass customization to market. In the last three years, 3D printing has […]

Report: 3D Printing to generate $4.3 billion in the auto industry by 2025

A rear view of the Strati, produced by Local Motors. About 75 percent of the vehicle is 3D printed.

By Jeff Sanford Toronto, Ontario — January 19, 2016 — The subject of 3D printing has been a hot one over the last couple years. The new technology promises to change the way manufacturing is done across the industrial world. A recent report suggests the impact of this new technology on the auto industry could […]