3D Printed Automotive Parts

3d printed auto parts

3D Printing Automotive Parts

CREATE AND TEST HIGH-PERFORMANCE AUTOMOTIVE PARTS SWIFTLY

–3D printing brings rapid prototyping, cost efficiency, and precise customization, revolutionizing the manufacturing of high-performance automotive parts.

60%

reduction in development costs for essential systems

8x

8x faster completion of product development projects

55%

reduction in weight/inertia of the drive shaft

12x

increase in design flexibility for custom parts



3D Printed Automotive Parts

Embrace Rapid Innovation in Today’s Automotive Landscape

The automotive industry is being reshaped by new mobility solutions and evolving ecosystems, making rapid innovation crucial.

Our collaborative approach to engineering and additive manufacturing technology gives you the competitive edge needed to thrive in this dynamic environment. We empower you to enhance manufacturing productivity, reduce costs, and develop groundbreaking designs that optimize performance and deliver the unique experiences your customers crave. Partner with us to stay ahead of the curve and drive your success in the rapidly changing automotive market.

3D Printing Car Parts

automotive part prototyping

Ready to take your automotive projects to the next level? Contact us today to access our IATF 16949 certified 3D printed automotive parts and prototypes. Partnering with us means you benefit from superior quality, reduced lead times, and cost savings. Let us help you enhance performance, drive innovation, and meet your production goals efficiently. Reach out now to get started!

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Engine Bay with 3D Printing
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Underhood and Powertrain Components

Revolutionize Your Engine Bay with 3D Printing

Our 3D printing technology allows for the creation of complex underhood and powertrain components with precision and efficiency. By using advanced materials and additive manufacturing techniques, we can produce lightweight, durable parts that improve engine performance and fuel efficiency. Our rapid prototyping capabilities mean you can quickly test and iterate designs, reducing development time and costs.

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Fluid Dynamics with Custom 3D Printed Solutions
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Air and Fluid Management Systems

Optimize Fluid Dynamics with Custom 3D Printed Solutions

Our 3D printing technology excels in creating optimized air and fluid management systems. Components like intake manifolds, cooling ducts, and fluid reservoirs benefit from the precise control and customization offered by additive manufacturing. We can design and produce parts that maximize airflow and fluid dynamics, improving engine performance and thermal management.

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Structural Metal Components
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Structural Metal Components

Strengthen Your Build with Advanced 3D Printed Metal Structures

For critical structural components, our 3D printing capabilities offer exceptional precision and strength. We produce metal parts such as frames, brackets, and supports that meet stringent performance and safety standards. Additive manufacturing allows us to create intricate geometries and optimize material usage, resulting in stronger, lighter components that enhance the overall durability and efficiency of your vehicle.

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Vehicle's Interior with Custom 3D Printed Parts
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Interior and Trim Components

Enhance Your Vehicle’s Interior with Custom 3D Printed Parts

With 3D printing, we offer unparalleled customization and rapid production of interior and trim components. Whether you need unique dashboard elements, custom console designs, or specialized trim pieces, our additive manufacturing processes ensure high-quality finishes and precise fits. This flexibility allows for more innovative designs and faster turnaround times, meeting your specific needs quickly and efficiently.

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Exterior Panels and Body Parts

Achieve Superior Aerodynamics with 3D Printed Exterior Components

Our 3D printed exterior panels and body parts are designed to enhance vehicle performance through improved aerodynamics and reduced weight. Using high-strength materials, we can create complex shapes and detailed features that traditional manufacturing methods can’t easily achieve. This leads to better vehicle stability, fuel efficiency, and overall performance, giving your product a competitive edge.

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Boost Production Efficiency with 3D Printed Metal Tooling
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Durable Metal Tooling

Boost Production Efficiency with 3D Printed Metal Tooling

We offer 3D printed durable metal tooling to support your manufacturing needs. Our tooling solutions, including molds and dies, provide the strength and precision required for high-volume production. The use of additive manufacturing reduces lead times and costs associated with traditional tooling methods, allowing you to bring products to market faster and more efficiently.

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Manufacturing Aids and Tools
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Manufacturing Aids and Tools

Streamline Your Production with 3D Printed Manufacturing Aids

We provide 3D printed manufacturing aids and tools to enhance your production process. From custom jigs and fixtures to specialized assembly tools, our additive manufacturing solutions help improve efficiency and accuracy on the production floor. Rapid production of these aids means you can quickly adapt to new projects and maintain high levels of productivity.

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Metal Fluid and Energy Management Components
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Metal Fluid and Energy Management Components

Enhance Performance with 3D Printed Metal Fluid and Energy Parts

Our expertise in 3D printing metal components ensures high-performance parts for fluid and energy management. Whether you need fuel nozzles, heat exchangers, or other critical components, our technology allows for the creation of complex internal structures that enhance performance and reliability. These parts are designed to withstand harsh environments and improve the efficiency of your systems.

Metal and Plastic Grades for 3D Printing Automotive Parts

  • Uses: Suitable for lightweight structural parts, engine blocks, brackets, and heat sinks.
  • Properties: Good strength-to-weight ratio, high temperature and corrosion resistance, good fatigue, creep, and rupture strength.

Uses: Ideal for durable and strong components such as gears, drive shafts, and chassis components.

Properties: 17-4 PH offers high strength and corrosion resistance, while 316L is known for its excellent formability and weldability.

Uses: Best for high-stress components like engine parts, transmission systems, and suspension components.

Properties: High strength, lightweight, and excellent corrosion resistance.

  • Uses: Used in parts that must withstand extreme temperatures, such as exhaust systems and turbocharger components.
  • Properties: Exceptional high-temperature strength and resistance to oxidation and corrosion.
  • Uses: Often used for high-strength, wear-resistant parts in automotive applications.
  • Properties: High strength-to-weight ratio and excellent wear resistance.
  • Uses: Interior parts like dashboards, door trims, and center consoles.
  • Properties: Strong, durable, and heat-resistant, making it suitable for functional prototypes and end-use parts.
  • Uses: Prototypes and decorative items.
  • Properties: Biodegradable, easy to print, and derived from renewable resources. Low heat resistance.
  • Uses: Mechanical parts and industrial applications.
  • Properties: Combines the ease of printing with the strength and durability of ABS. It is also chemically resistant.
  • Uses: Flexible and durable parts like seals, gaskets, and protective covers.
  • Properties: Excellent elasticity, abrasion resistance, and resistance to oils.
  • Uses: Functional parts requiring resilience, such as gears, clips, and hinges.
  • Properties: Strong, flexible, and durable but absorbs moisture, affecting its properties.
  • Uses: Engineering applications like headlight covers and windows.
  • Properties: High strength, excellent heat resistance, and transparency.
  • Uses: High-performance applications in the automotive and aerospace industries.
  • Properties: High thermal stability, chemical resistance, and mechanical strength.
  • Uses: High-performance engineering applications.
  • Properties: High heat and flame resistance, strong and rigid.

Accelerate Racing Innovation, Launch Faster, Boost Performance with Additive Manufacturing

Racing teams are under immense pressure to shorten development cycles, control production costs, and create high-performance designs. These demands align perfectly with the capabilities of metal 3D printing, which streamlines every step of the design and manufacturing process. From rapid prototyping to bridge production and spare parts, our additive manufacturing technology accelerates innovation, allowing you to launch faster and achieve superior performance on the track.

Collaborating with You to Enhance Automotive Design and Development

Solutions that Solve Automotive Challenges

Since 2005, Modo Rapid has been a trusted partner in the automotive industry, providing high-precision parts and robust thermoplastics that match automotive-grade production standards. Our ISO 16949 certified additive manufacturing technology is designed to help you design, test, and iterate components quickly and efficiently. We reduce the production time for high-performance automotive parts from days or weeks to mere hours, ensuring your projects stay on schedule and within budget.

Accelerate Automotive Innovation

New powertrain technologies are creating exciting opportunities while presenting significant engineering challenges. Modo Rapid offers a wide variety of advanced materials and additive technologies, enabling increased testing and iteration, and providing greater production flexibility. Our expertise in 3D printing makes it easier to develop cutting-edge auto components that drive performance mobility innovations.

Leverage Our Automotive and Additive Expertise

At Modo Rapid, we provide more than just products—we offer a comprehensive portfolio of solutions backed by extensive experience since 2005. Our team is dedicated to helping you solve automotive problems efficiently and effectively, delivering value every step of the way. By leveraging our ISO 16949 certified additive technology, we help improve the driving experience and enhance productivity by reducing component parts, lowering manufacturing variability, decreasing weight, and managing packaging constraints. Partner with us to gain a competitive advantage in the automotive industry.

3D Printing Titanium Alloy Gearboxes

Mark approached Kevin with a major challenge in their racing project: traditional manufacturing methods could not meet their needs for a lightweight yet strong titanium gearbox. Kevin suggested using Modo Rapid’s DMP Factory 500 3D printer, which can accurately print large, complex titanium parts. He explained that the printer uses LaserForm Ti Gr23 material, which is non-corrosive and offers high strength and lightweight properties. The DMP Factory 500 can produce parts up to 500mm x 500mm x 500mm in size, eliminating the need to split the gearbox into multiple components. Kevin also highlighted that the printer can handle complex geometries, such as internal fluid channels and thin walls down to 2mm, with high precision and efficiency. The entire process, from design to completion, takes just a few days.

Mark was very interested in this technology, believing it would significantly shorten their development time and reduce costs. He decided to prepare the design files and start collaborating with SpeedPrint immediately. Kevin assured him that their team would work closely with Thunderbolt Racing to optimize the design for the best printing results and provide comprehensive technical support to ensure all parts meet precise requirements. Mark expressed his gratitude and looked forward to working with Modo Rapid.

What Our 3D Printing Can Offer You

1. Rapid Prototyping: Speed up your development process by quickly turning your designs into physical prototypes. This allows for faster testing and iteration, reducing the time to market for new automotive parts.

2. Unmatched Precision: Our 3D printing technology ensures that each part is produced with exceptional accuracy, meeting the exact specifications of your designs. This precision is crucial for high-performance automotive parts that require tight tolerances.

3. Cost Efficiency: By minimizing material waste and reducing the need for multiple production steps, our 3D printing services help you save on manufacturing costs. This efficiency makes it easier to produce complex parts without breaking the budget.

4. Customization: Easily customize parts to meet specific requirements or create bespoke components for specialized applications. Our 3D printing capabilities allow for a high degree of flexibility in design and production.

5. Material Variety: We offer a wide range of materials suitable for various automotive applications, from durable plastics to high-strength metals. This ensures that the parts produced are fit for their intended use, whether it’s for testing or final production.

6. Speed to Market: Shorten your product development cycle with faster prototyping and production times. Our quick turnaround allows you to test and refine your designs rapidly, keeping you ahead of the competition.

7. Enhanced Performance: Optimize the performance of your automotive parts by leveraging the advanced capabilities of our 3D printing technology. Create parts that are lighter, stronger, and more efficient, contributing to better overall vehicle performance.

8. Simplified Supply Chain: Reduce dependency on multiple suppliers and streamline your manufacturing process. With our comprehensive 3D printing solutions, you can consolidate your production needs and improve overall efficiency.

9. Environmental Sustainability: Our 3D printing process is designed to be environmentally friendly, using less material and producing less waste compared to traditional manufacturing methods. This helps you meet sustainability goals while still achieving high-quality results.

10. Expert Support: Our team of experts is here to support you throughout the entire process, from initial design consultation to final production. We ensure that your parts meet the highest standards of quality and performance.

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Metal Structural Components

Ready to take your automotive projects to the next level? Contact us today to access our IATF 16949 certified 3D printed automotive parts and prototypes. Partnering with us means you benefit from superior quality, reduced lead times, and cost savings. Let us help you enhance performance, drive innovation, and meet your production goals efficiently. Reach out now to get started!

3D Printed Vehicle Overview

What is 3D Printed Automotive Parts?

3D printing is a vital part of the automotive industry, used to produce a wide range of car parts, including prototypes, functional parts, and customized parts. 3D printing can be used for many purposes, including:

1. Prototyping: 3D printing can quickly create physical prototypes of parts or assemblies, such as dashboards, interior elements, and scale models of entire cars. This accelerates the design process by allowing for rapid testing and iteration.

2. Lightweighting: 3D printing can be used to develop lightweight solutions using plastics and composite materials. By reducing the weight of components, automotive manufacturers can improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

3. Manufacturing: 3D printing can be used to produce parts that can withstand extreme environments, such as corrosive-resistant metal components that optimize energy, flow, and heat in propulsion systems. This includes the production of highly durable parts for long-term use in vehicles.

4. Engine Components: 3D printing can produce engine components, such as valves, pistons, and cylinder heads, with the exact specifications needed to ensure maximum efficiency and performance. This precision manufacturing helps in achieving better engine performance and longevity.

5. Interior Parts: Certain 3D printing materials can mimic the look and feel of interior car parts with a wide range of color and texture capabilities. For example, polyamide (PA) is used for parts like door handles and gear knobs, while acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is used for parts like instrument panels and door trims. This allows for greater customization and aesthetic appeal in car interiors.

6. Jigs and Fixtures: 3D printing can be used to make jigs and fixtures used for producing the cars themselves, such as alignment tools and symmetry check-ups. These tools are essential for ensuring precision and efficiency in the manufacturing process, helping to maintain high-quality standards.

Powertrain and Engine Area

7. Customization: 3D printing allows for high levels of customization, enabling manufacturers to produce unique and bespoke parts tailored to specific customer needs. This flexibility is particularly valuable for limited edition models and specialized vehicles.

8. Spare Parts Production: With 3D printing, automotive companies can produce spare parts on demand, reducing the need for large inventories and storage costs. This capability ensures that replacement parts are readily available, improving customer service and reducing downtime for vehicle repairs.

9. Reducing Development Costs: By utilizing 3D printing for prototyping and small-batch production, automotive manufacturers can significantly reduce development costs and shorten the time required to bring new products to market. This cost-effectiveness is crucial for maintaining competitiveness in the industry.

10. Environmental Sustainability: 3D printing promotes environmental sustainability by reducing material waste and energy consumption during the manufacturing process. This aligns with the automotive industry’s goals to minimize environmental impact and adopt more eco-friendly practices.

How to 3D Print Automotive Parts

Steps to 3D Print Automotive Parts

  1. Create or Find a 3D Model:
    • Design: Use CAD software like SolidWorks or Fusion 360 to design your part. Alternatively, download a pre-made model from a reputable source such as Thingiverse or GrabCAD.
  2. Choose the Right Material:Metals:
    • Titanium: Ideal for producing high-stress components like engine parts, transmission systems, and suspension components due to its strength and corrosion resistance.
    • Aluminum: Suitable for lightweight structural parts, such as engine blocks, brackets, and heat sinks, because of its good thermal conductivity and strength-to-weight ratio.
    • Steel: Used for parts requiring high durability and strength, such as gears, drive shafts, and chassis components.

    Plastics:

    • ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene): Commonly used for interior components like dashboard parts, door trims, and center consoles due to its strength and flexibility.
    • Nylon (Polyamide): Suitable for parts that need durability and wear resistance, such as gears, clips, and hinges. It’s also used for parts requiring a smooth finish and high impact resistance.
    • Polycarbonate (PC): Ideal for parts that require high impact resistance and transparency, like headlight covers and windows.
    • TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane): Used for flexible and durable parts such as seals, gaskets, and custom-fit protective covers.

Aluminum (AlSi10Mg) 3D Printing Technology

Prepare the 3D Printer:

  • Ensure the printer is calibrated correctly, load the chosen material, and set the correct printing parameters based on the material’s specifications.
  • Slice the Model: Use slicing software (e.g., Cura or PrusaSlicer) to convert the 3D model into printable layers. Adjust settings like layer height, infill density, and support structures for optimal results.
  • Print the Part: Start the printing process, monitoring the print to ensure there are no issues. This step can take several hours to days depending on the part’s complexity and size.
  • Post-Processing: Remove the printed part from the printer, detach any supports, and perform necessary post-processing steps such as sanding, painting, or annealing to enhance the part’s appearance and functionality.
  • Test the Part: Fit the part into its intended place and test for functionality and performance. If adjustments are needed, modify the 3D model and repeat the printing process.

3D Printers Used for Automotive Parts

Metal 3D Printers:

  1. EOS M 290: Known for its precision and reliability, this printer is ideal for producing high-quality metal parts from materials like titanium and aluminum.
  2. Renishaw AM 400: Suitable for producing complex geometries in metals, commonly used in aerospace and automotive industries for high-stress components.

Plastic 3D Printers:

  1. Ultimaker S5: Excellent for printing high-precision plastic parts, it supports a variety of materials such as ABS, Nylon, and TPU, making it versatile for different automotive components.
  2. Stratasys F370: Known for its robust build and ability to print with industrial-grade materials, this printer is ideal for creating durable and functional plastic parts for automotive applications.

FAQs

Yes, 3D printed parts can meet or exceed the quality and durability standards of traditionally manufactured parts. Detailed specifications, material properties, and performance test results are provided to ensure that parts meet industry standards and can withstand real-world conditions. Our parts are tested rigorously to ensure they match the strength, durability, and performance required for automotive applications.

We offer a comprehensive range of materials suitable for various automotive applications. Metals such as aluminum (AlSi10Mg), titanium (Ti6Al4V), and stainless steel (17-4 PH, 316L) are ideal for high-stress and structural components. Plastics like ABS, PLA, PETG, TPU, nylon, and polycarbonate are used for interior parts, mechanical components, and flexible parts. Each material has specific properties such as strength, flexibility, and heat resistance, making them compatible with different automotive applications.

The cost of 3D printed parts can be competitive with traditional manufacturing methods, especially for low-volume production and complex geometries. A breakdown of costs includes initial setup, material costs, and potential savings from reduced waste and faster production times. While initial costs for 3D printing can be higher, the overall savings from reduced material usage and quicker turnaround often offset these costs.

Typical lead times for 3D printed parts vary depending on the complexity and size of the part, as well as the chosen material. Generally, parts can be produced within a few days to a couple of weeks. Factors affecting production time include the design’s intricacy, the material’s availability, and post-processing requirements. Expedited manufacturing options are available for urgent projects.

Parts can be easily customized to meet specific needs using 3D printing. We offer a wide range of customization options, including modifications to design, size, shape, and material. Customers can submit their custom designs, and our team will work closely with them to ensure the final product meets their exact specifications. The flexibility of 3D printing allows for quick adjustments and iterations.

Yes, 3D printed parts are designed to be compatible with existing vehicle systems and components. We provide information on compatibility with different car models and systems, ensuring that our parts integrate seamlessly. Case studies and examples of successful integrations are available to demonstrate how 3D printed parts have been used effectively in various automotive applications.

We ensure the quality and performance of 3D printed parts are consistent across different batches through stringent quality control measures and certifications. Our production processes are standardized to maintain high consistency, and we conduct regular inspections to ensure each batch meets the required standards.

The 3D printing process is generally more environmentally friendly compared to traditional manufacturing methods. It produces less material waste, consumes lower energy, and often uses recyclable materials. Additionally, the on-demand nature of 3D printing reduces the need for large inventories, further decreasing the environmental footprint.

After printing, parts may require post-processing steps such as sanding, painting, or annealing to enhance their appearance and functionality. These steps can affect the overall cost and lead time but are necessary to ensure the parts meet the desired quality standards. Detailed information on the required post-processing steps for different materials and parts is provided to customers.

We offer comprehensive technical support and service options to address any issues that may arise with the parts or the printing process. Our customer support team is available to assist with troubleshooting, and we provide warranties for our parts. Additionally, we offer service options such as design consultation and post-production support to ensure customer satisfaction.



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