A Faster Way to Prototype Parts for Automotive
When replacing steel parts with magnesium, plastics or other lightweight materials, it’s critical to get functional prototypes into test quickly. Here are top options that lend themselves to quick-turn, fully functional prototypes.
When replacing steel parts with magnesium, plastics or other lightweight materials, it’s critical to get functional prototypes into testing quickly and efficiently.
Machined prototypes were once produced on hand-cranked milling machines and engine lathes.
They were largely made of steel, brass, or aluminum and took weeks to deliver. Now, new technology has sped up the process with applications like 3D printing and CNC machining.
Specializing in rapid prototyping, Protolabs has automated that same basic process to the extent that electronic part designs can literally be uploaded one day and delivered the next, made from a variety of materials ranging from metals to plastics…READ MORE.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is just one manufacturing method that drives advanced mobility forward and also has a history of embracing the digital connectivity demanded by this trend.
Here's an overview of the study of assembly plant productivity that gets the undivided attention of all automakers: "The Harbour Report." Although the Big Three companies are getting better, they still have a way to go. But given the levels of competition, better won't be good enough for some plants, it seems.
By James Gaffney, Product Engineer, Precision Grinding and Patrick D. Redington, Manager, Precision Grinding Business Unit, Norton Company (Worcester, MA)