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3D Printing Towards Success of Custom Vehicle Modification in New York

Automotive industry has been an indicator for innovation in modern manufacturing. It all started in December 1913 when Henry Ford built the first moving assembly line for the mass production of entire automobile including custom vehicle modification. It showed impressive results back then, wherein it reduced from more than 12 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes in building a car.

3D printing played a significant role as the pace of change and innovation continues to accelerate. Nowadays, automotive manufacturers of every kind implement 3D printing in other areas. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), has been used in the automotive industry for a while now. Motor vehicles constituted 16.1% of the 3D printing market as cited in 2015 Wohlers Report. Applications often focused on rapid iteration of car designs and/or custom vehicle modification.

In custom vehicle modification, 3D printing has been implemented on different areas. Such are digital inventory, legacy parts, and custom tooling. Let us tackle below how they are integrated to 3D printing.

Custom Vehicle Modification in New York: Digital Inventory with 3D Printing

Traditionally, the inventory and distribution in the automotive industry were very space consuming. Spare parts and replacement parts of vehicles were physically stacked in massive warehouses and stay there until needed.

One of the Forbes articles highlighted the rise of digital inventory solutions. The article features on-demand production facilities strategically located worldwide. Digital files are sent straight to the 3D printers in order to create automotive parts on demand. This new link in the global supply chain promotes immediate logistic benefits. Firstly, a speedier delivery of auto parts to waiting customers. Secondly, a reduced carbon footprint of freight.

Porsche, a German luxury automotive maker did not make financial sense given the low demand in manufacturing and storing spare parts for its classic cars. As a result, Porsche transitioned to 3D printing. They have incorporated 3D printing for metal and plastic parts and added a spare parts digital inventory to its catalog. Not only does it help in keeping the cars on the road, but also make classic owners loyal and happy.

3D-printed Legacy Parts

Finding and recreating after-market parts for classic cars can really be a challenge, no doubt. The older your vehicle is, the more challenging it becomes. With 3D printing, companies are able to meet customer demands more quickly. One of the Markforged customers discovered that it doesn’t only promote improved speed but also authenticity in the marketplace.

3D printing is an ultimate game changer for many! A full-service contract manufacturer in the automotive, aerospace, and petrochemical industries tried a way to remain competitive in a saturated industry. The contract manufacturer found a way to bring new capabilities with regard to custom manufacturing and/or custom vehicle modification. A customer presented just the right opportunity – to restore an original carburetor for a 1930s classic car. At first, it seemed impossible with efforts to repair the part. So, the contract manufacturer took chances with 3D metal printing. Through 3D scanning technology, the customer’s carburetor cap was reverse engineered. Contract manufacturer also printed a model on their Markforged carbon fiber printer using onyx material to verify the fit with the existing components. Carburetor was then 3D printed in a 17-4 PH stainless steel.

3D Printing Technique for Custom Tooling

The continuous enhancement in the vehicle performance generates a need for developing unique, complex component parts. 3D printing can bring an ultimate change in designing and tooling a specific vehicle or driver.

For instance, prototype race cars and bikes in the motorsport world where the speed in modifying and remanufacturing are the key factors for success. The vehicles are custom built in order to maximize performance on the track and race ahead of the competition. This is the exact reason why TransFIORmers, a Moto2 motorcycle racing team, decided to use 3D printing for its new front suspension design. Because of this approach, it delivered a one-of-a-kind wishbone front suspension titanium part. It resulted to a 40% lighter end product and is far more rigid as compared to creating it with other materials and methods.

Final Thoughts

3D printing has finally made us realize the future of automotive industry in terms of producing complete cars or performing custom vehicle modification in New York. Everything from utility concept cars and sporty electric cars to vehicles specifically designed to aid scientific research. 3D printing has continuously revolutionized classic car restoration. Take Elvis’s BMW 507 where it included a number of 3D printed components during its recreation.

Contact Co-op Concept and Fabrication today for your custom vehicle modification in New York. You may also check out our other fabrication projects to help you decide which service is right for your needs.

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