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09/11/18
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Ready for mass production: Volkswagen uses the latest 3D printing process for production

READY FOR MASS PRODUCTION: VOLKSWAGEN USES THE LATEST 3D PRINTING PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION
  • Simpler and faster HP Metal Jet process increases 3D printing productivity
  • 3D printing for the first time ready for mass production
  • Cooperation with HP and GKN regarding the development and market launch of the new technology

Volkswagen is the first automotive manufacturer using the latest 3D printing technology: the “HP Metal Jet” process simplifies and speeds up metallic 3D printing. The biggest advantage: productivity improves fifty times compared to other 3D printing methods and depending on the component. Hence, for the first time, three-dimensional printing is mass production ready in automotive industry. Together with printer manufacturer HP and component manufacturer GKN Powder Metallurgy, Volkswagen is therefore pressing ahead with the development of the technology for mass production. The partners presented the new process for the first time at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.

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