At present, industry leaders such as BMW, Bugatti, and Lamborghini are using 3D printing technology to independently produce durable concept models, functional prototypes, production tools and small batches of end-use parts within the company to help automotive engineers and designs. The personnel conduct a comprehensive design evaluation before the component is put into production, and it also helps the company to significantly reduce R&D costs and shorten the time to market
Automobile lightweight is an important way to realize automobile energy saving and emission reduction, and it has become the trend of automobile development. 3D printing technology gives designers a broader design space in the manufacture of complex and lightweight structural parts. A well-known application case in the design and manufacturing of lightweight 3D printed auto parts is the Soulmate concept car built by EDAG Engineering. The lightweight body of the vehicle is connected by a series of metal 3D printed nodes.
Through simulation technology, these results are predicted and optimized before 3D printing. Lightweight 3D printing reduces the risk of part printing failure, shortens manufacturing time and reduces manufacturing costs.