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How Additive Manufacturing Enabled GM to Navigate Production Challenges for Certain Model Year 2022 Full-Size SUVs

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While preparing for model year 2022 vehicle production, General Motors required a late design change which impacted several popular GM full-size SUV products. Relying on traditional injection-molded production would have resulted in a supply chain gap of approximately 60,000 parts over a span of five weeks, prompting a delay to the start of model year production.

By leveraging GM’s internal additive manufacturing resources, as well as a collaborative network of suppliers, the team was able to quickly pivot, develop, and validate a printing and finishing process solution to meet the production requirements under an accelerated timeline. This resulted in finished parts being delivered to the assembly line on time for the start of the model year changeover.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the capabilities of certain AM technologies for large volume production, specifically in the context of an OEM automotive example.
  • Improve their understanding of the speed, capacity and versatility at which AM can be used to support conventional manufacturing.
  • Understand the tangible real-world benefits and scale at which AM can be implemented to solve challenges, create greater efficiency and provide overall value to an organization/industry

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