Prospects for 3D-printing: now and cars

Prospects for 3D-printing: now and cars

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German engineering company EDAG in the last 40 years specializing in the design of vehicles for the leading automakers. At the recent 84th annual International Car Exhibition in Geneva, EDAG unveiled its new technology to create bodies that resembles the work of 3D-printer. Apparently, the German development promises a revolution in the automotive industry.

EDAG uses 3D-print for a long time, mainly to create layouts for the design, which greatly accelerates the process. However, the company’s engineers see a great future in the application of similar technology in serial production. All the secrets of technology were not disclosed, reported only that a process of layered carbon fiber deposition in a vacuum chamber.

Official press release EDAG says that car bodies obtained by “printing” in no way inferior to the traditional metal in strength and endurance, but considerably facilitate the overall weight of the car, including due to the lack of fasteners and small parts for assembly, as well as through opportunities to do many design hollow.

Talk about the application of technology in mass production is still too early, but the prospects that open tempting. Perhaps in the future simplify complex assembly lines, the creation of a vehicle seriously reduced, and the damaged parts can be printed and replaced within hours in any service station. Moreover, it is possible that your future car will print in one night right in the showroom, where you will be able to choose its appearance, color and small decorating details.

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