The automotive industry has been striving to substitute commonly used metals with high quality polymer and composite materials. Three-dimensional prints are characterised by high endurance when being stretched or bent and during shock loading. They are often used as alternatives to elements made of iron, lead or titanium in the automotive industry.
Until recently the most common use of 3D Print technology in automotive industry has been in the process of rapid prototyping of models serving as basis for testing parts. Today additive printing is an important support in small-lot production and the production of fully functional components.
For many producers’ 3D Printing has become an essential tool for enhancing the quality of production process, creating and testing new solutions as well as more efficient assembly of mechanical vehicles.
Being able to print in high temperature Poly materials such as PEEK allowing complex parts to be produced with very little waste material can be as useful in the automotive industry as it is in the aerospace industry. These parts are also very lightweight and the VSHAPER PRO is one of very few printers able to print these high temperature materials.