Product design improvements and flexible design changes at a reduced cost.
The automotive industry has been an early adopter of additive manufacturing, integrating ExOne® 3D printing systems into production floors across the globe for rapid prototyping of engines and engine components, transmission housings and more. Applications include cylinder heads, intake manifolds and engine blocks. It is also used within the development cycle of engines for passenger cars and race engines. There are distinct advantages for additive manufacturing within the automotive industry. Design changes for prototype engines can be effected rapidly and efficiently; within days a designer can run full tests on an actual casting. Mold and core segments can be integrated, reducing casting preparation time and improving casting performance. Unique rigging geometry can be added to improve the stability of the casting.