In an alliance with the U.S. technology company HP, Volkswagen intends to help shape the future of 3D printing in the automotive industry. At the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, both companies announced on September 11 a partnership that is designed to help 3D metal printing process achieve a breakthrough in the mass auto production. Up to now, 3D printing processes have been too time-consuming and cost intensive for the mass production of vehicle components.
3D printing in action
3D printing is increasingly making its presence felt in automobile production. Such printing processes are already being used to build prototypes and make tools. Volkswagen has now joined forces with the technology company HP to use 3D metal printing in mass production.