In today’s times Metal 3d Printing is one of the hottest and the most sort after additive manufacturing technology. Aviation, Shipbuilding, Defense and Nuclear energy producing companies see it as the most economical and viable production method and are counting big on the further development of Metal 3D Printing.
We recently reported that many Automobile companies viz Mercedes and Volvo have already started using it to replace the production of conventions tools used to make their cars. Audi also did a proof of concept by replicating their famous 1936 Auto Union Type C race car to prove that Metal printing could be used to make cars and possibly replace the conventional methods of making cars.
We are now getting news from the Audi factories that the company got so impressed with the success of their metal 3D Printed Type C that they have made a company decision to use Metal 3D printing to make end user parts for their cars.
We need to remind our views that this is not a decision taken overnight, the company has been experimenting with Metal 3D Printing and found that it was ideal for manufacturing geometrically complex parts. These parts are extremely time consuming when made using conventional manufacturing methods, but the same parts when 3D Printer were made quickly and economically. Until now Audi had metal 3D Printer which could print objects up to 240 mm in length and 200 mm wide, but now with the decision to use metal printed parts the company plans to increase their capacity by incorporation bigger and better Metal 3d Printers.
Audi’s Hubert Watl, who is responsible for tool making said "Together with our research partner, we keep pushing the envelope when it comes to new manufacturing processes. One of our aims is to use3D metal parts for regular car production."
Big car manufactures would take a note from Audi’s books and start using Metal 3D printing to make real end useable auto parts and not prototypes. It’s a pretty interesting time for people working with metal printing and we are sure it has a long and prosperous road ahead.