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Panel - Additive for Automotive: From Hyper-Customization to Mass Production

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Hear from leading automotive manufactures Radford Motors, General Motors and Toyota Racing Development about how additive manufacturing has supported and exceled their advancements in automotive design, development, and manufacturing. 

GM 3D printing has become ideal for creating functional prototypes, end-use parts, and lightweight tooling applications. GM is also printing check fixtures, hand tools, and robotic end-of-arm tooling. They’re also making surrogate parts for use with preproduction process validation. 

In each example, 3D printing helped GM significantly reduce lead times and lower manufacturing costs.

Radford Motors Reinvents the Legendary Lotus 62 Racer with 3D Printing

Radford Motors introduced the Radford Type 62-2 coachbuilt. The car is based on the 1960s Lotus 62 racer. The rebirth of Radford Motors and the design and development of their first car was documented in the Discovery+ show, Radford Returns. They produced over 500 3D printed parts for the first two cars. The Radford team 3D printed across five global locations — a true demonstration of distributed manufacturing. 

Speed in the shop = speed on the track for Toyota Racing Development

Toyota Racing Development (TRD), is an in-house tuning shop for Toyota. The group is tasked with developing performance parts and accessories for Toyota vehicles worldwide. And in addition to parts for the Toyota in your driveway, the team at TRD is working with motorsports teams in NASCAR, off-road racing, sports cars and drag racing and helping them on the track through innovative additively manufactured parts and tools. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the benefits of 3D printing for manufacturing parts used on vehicles.
  • Learn how manufacturing aids like jigs and fixtures save time and money.
  • Justify that no matter the size of their company or the the volume of work they do, there is a place for additive in their company.

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