Printing Automotive Spare Parts: Materials Used And Benefits
Spare parts are an important aspect of the automobile industry and are therefore used for ensuring that the vehicles run smoothly and the interruptions are easily resolved. However, manufacturing these spare parts is an additive process that adds a lot to the manufacturing cost and complexities. We at CAD Deziners resolve this issue with the use of 3D scanning and printing techniques that are able to produce these components in the most efficient way possible and with the most applicable standards.
Here are some of the prominent materials used in printing spare parts in the automotive industry.
This is one of the highly used plastic materials in the automotive industries around the world. Some of the best-manufactured models make use of this material because it has a high mechanical profile. This makes it very usable for the different applications within the industry. Polypropylene can be very easily and efficiently used for 3D printing parts like fluid adapted systems and dashboard parts etc.
Something essential in modern-day automobile technology is flexibility and resistance. This is because of the extreme traffic and testing conditions that the vehicles have to go through. TPU is a material ideal for manufacturing spare parts that are required to stand up to these requirements. The use of this material provides the parts with good behavior in fatigue conditions, a higher level of rebound, and a lower set of compression. TPU is used best in component applications that work upon flexibility, shock absorption, and friction.
Manufacturing based upon additive technology or 3D printing allows for different and a variety of possibilities with materials that have a high level of thermal resistance. These types of components prevent early burnout of the vehicles and also combustion-related damages by providing the perfect amount of resistance from the internal ignition processes. Polyamide 6 and its variants are suited for the transportation as well as the electronics sector. 3D printing also enables creating such parts for vehicles that are resistant to chemicals.
We at CAD Deziners also make use of materials that are derived by bio means they can also be done to make the parts and the overall vehicle is more sustainable. While Nylon PA11 suits the technology of 3D printing, it is completely derived from natural and renewable sources of biomass. It is prepared by the extraction of castor seed from the castor plant for making the oil. The monomer is obtained by converting this oil and is further polymerized into Polyamide 11. This technology is not just sustainable on manufacturing efficiencies but also on the environmental levels.
Here are some of the benefits of using 3D printing technology for the manufacture of spare parts.
Since spare parts are not the ones that are required for the basic integration of a vehicle in the automobile industry, the production process requires calculative adjustments to meet cost efficiencies. One of the advantages that come along with the use of 3D printing technology is that the production of the parts can be localized. This means that the spare parts can be printed as and when required and also wherever they are required. However, the technique is exclusively used for vehicles that are exclusive and mass production still is required for common vehicles.
Maintaining Digital Inventory
Another benefit that comes along with 3D printing of spare parts is that spare parts manufacturers can establish a digital inventory system. What this system means for automobile manufacturers having operations and sales in different countries is that they can upload the digital designs for their spare parts to the worldwide contractors and they can be utilizing them to 3D print the spare parts with the mentioned standards. This will help in maintaining operational and supply efficiency for the vehicles as well as significantly cut down costs that come along with centralized production and transportation.
Reducing Downtime For Vehicles
Vehicle downtime is a problem that some or the other way arises with most of the people. It is common for people who like to stick with older models of cars whose spare parts can rarely be found. However, earlier downtimes used to be really high in case the required spare part is not available; the manufacturing company would be required to cast down one or even more depending upon the case. But now with the availability of 3D printing technology, it is very easy to cast down the required parts in almost no time and get the vehicle back on track. With the use of 3D printers and associated materials, CAD Deziners significantly reduce the downtime for vehicles.
Keeping Vintage Alive
A significantly cool benefit of using 3D printing technology for manufacturing spare parts is that it can be used to keep vintage vehicles alive and working. Some of the renowned vehicle manufacturers are using the technology to print the spare parts that are no longer available in the market for some of the most classic vehicles that represent a landmark in automobile production history.