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Volkswagen Plans to Use 3D Printing for Mass Production

The world's largest car manufacture revealed plans to start using HP metal printing technology to manufacture select parts including gear knobs and custom tailgate lettering within two to three years.

Germany: VW plans to use 3D printing for mass production. The 3D printing revolution has effectively touched automobiles in a huge number of ways, yet Volkswagen is intending to make the biggest stride yet, large scale manufacturing of parts. We've seen 3D printers deliver produce calipers, door sills and even entire cars, however it's dependably been for constrained creation purposes. VW is trying to change that, and its gratitude to HP's new $400,000 metal stream 3D printer.

The company’s head of technology planning & development said that a complete vehicle will probably not be manufactured by a 3D printer any time soon, but the number and size of parts from the 3D printer will increase significantly.

3D printing isn't inconceivable in car manufacturing, yet it has so far been utilized for models and individual segments. The typical Volkswagen is built using up to 8,000 parts.

Volkswagen has already 90 3D printers in its manufacturing plants that the company are using to make replacements for rare parts.

But the manufacturer said the new technology will allow for even "highly stressed" parts like pistons to be printed. The printer spits out layer upon layer of material until they are baked into a single piece.

According to TechSci Research, the move will open enormous potential for the 3D Printing Automotive market globally despite having a few hiccups. TechSci Research predicts that the growing focus of leading OEMs on technology and rising concerns regarding the quick and easy manufacturing of the vehicle will drive the global 3D printing in the coming years. Moreover, the major factors contributing to the growth of the market are growing technological advancements, growing demand for reduction of cost & time in product development and increasing need to manufacture complex designs within a short span of time. Furthermore, the increased demand for 3D printing technology will drive the demand for 3D Printers across the globe.

According to the recently published report by TechSci Research, Global 3D Printing Automotive Market, By Material (Metals, Polymer and Others), By Technology (Stereolithography, Fused Disposition Modelling, Selective Laser Sintering, Laminated Object Manufacturing, Three Dimensional Inject Printing and Others), By Application (Prototyping & Tooling, Manufacturing Complex Components, Research, Development & Innovation and Others), By Company and By Geography, Forecast & Opportunities, 2023,”, Global 3D Printing Automotive Market is projected to reach USD 1.62 Billion by 2023, at a CAGR of over 26% during 2018-2023. The major factors contributing to the growth of the market are growing technological advancements, growing demand for reduction of cost & time in product development and increasing need to manufacture complex designs within a short span of time. Based on material, the market has been segmented into Metals, Polymer and Others. In 2017, the Polymers segment dominated the market and it is estimated that metals segment will dominate the 3D Printing Automotive Market during 2018-2023. The 3D printing automotive market is dominated by players, such as 3D Systems, Optome, ExOne, Stratasys and Arcam among others. The North American region dominated the 3D printing (3DP) automotive market in 2017 and is estimated to maintain its dominance during 2018-2023 due to increasing investments in research & developments in countries like United States and Canada.

According to the recently published report by TechSci Research, Global 3D Printers Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020”, global 3D printers’ market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of over 31% through 2020. In 2014, North America and Europe dominated global market for 3D printers, because of significant adoption of personal as well as industrial & metal 3D printers. United States and Germany in particular, witnessed significant increase in adoption of 3D printers across a wide range of industries. Countries such as the Netherlands, Russia, and Italy are other leading markets for 3D printers. Several technical colleges and universities in these countries have started integrating 3D printing technologies into their course curriculum through collaboration with 3D printer manufacturers and other industry stakeholders. Global 3D printers’ market is dominated by Stratasys, which accounted for majority share in the market in 2014 and is expected to retain its position through 2020. 3D Systems, EnvisionTEC, and Mcor are other prominent manufacturers of 3D printers globally. 

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