It’s already testing 3D printed components for production cars.
3D printing is becoming increasingly popular in the automotive industry. OEMs use this technology mainly for smaller and less important details while some aftermarket companies are more inventive and use it to produce aerodynamic components for supercars. Some of the main advantages of this process include the reduced weight of the 3D printed part compared to a conventionally produced equivalent. This is one of the reasons why Volkswagen is investing in 3D printing technology and aims to produce up to 100,000 components by 3D printing annually at its main plant in Wolfsburg.
After pouring in “the mid-double-digit million euro range over the past five years,” the German automaker has already produced its first 3D printed components in Wolfsburg which were sent to the company’s Osnabrück facility for certification. VW made components for the A-pillar of the T-Roc Convertible which are almost 50 percent lighter than conventional components made from sheet steel. For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.