As the adoption of additive manufacturing grows within the automotive industry, not all solutions can be vertically integrated. Existing automotive supply infrastructure can be leveraged to help industrialize and spread adoption but the journey to become an automotive supplier is not to be taken lightly. Non traditional part suppliers are becoming automotive vendors who support not just the typical development prototypes but also pre-production build events and serial production. The evaluation and importance of these processes supports development of an emerging commodity within the supplier sector of the automotive industry. These learnings will highlight Safety, Quality, Engineering, Logistics as well as the digital execution systems that are needed in an automotive production environment.
- Understand what it takes to become an automotive supplier using additive and verify if they are ready to be a player in this market or stick with prototyping.
- Understand the requirements that the automotive industry looks for when adopting new suppliers.