3D Printing at Techniplas
Techniplas LLC has been supplying complex plastic components to the auto industry for nearly 100 years.
Techniplas LLC has been supplying complex plastic components to the auto industry for nearly 100 years. Now the high-tech company is embracing 3D printing and marrying the technology to more conventional plastic forming techniques.
Vice Chairman Avi Reichental says the Wisconsin-based company’s new Techniplas Digital unit, advanced manufacturing center in California and fulltime transformation officer are guiding investments in additive manufacturing that are move innovations from the fringe to the core of the company.
Reichental says the resulting next-generation trim, fascia and interior components that reduce weight—and in the latter case introduce such features as “cognitive lighting” surfaces—will begin to come to market in months and continue for the next few years.
This is the 3E. A design by the renowned automotive designer Camilo Pardo, the man behind many striking designs, including the ‘05/’06 production Ford GT.
Additive manufacturing technology is helping the automaker reduce product development times and costs.
General Motors is working with Autodesk on utilizing advanced design software and 3D printing capabilities to develop parts that are not only lighter than those otherwise developed, but which combine what would otherwise be separate parts, thereby reducing manufacturing complexity.