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.
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A number of race teams are finding that 3D printing and rapid prototyping is a means to an end—and that end is winning races.
Daimler AG has completed a two-year pilot program for a fully automated additive manufacturing process that promises to cut costs in half for 3D-printed parts.
The volume production of aluminum parts made with additive manufacturing has become one step closer to realization as a pilot operation that was announced last year by a joint venture established Daimler, German aircraft structures supplier Premium Aerotec, and additive manufacturing equipment producer EOS (eos.info), NextGenAM, has been established in a Premium Aerotec facility in Varel, Germany.
Some people insist that 3D printers and other additive manufacturing will remove metal cutting and injection molding from the manufacturing industry. Manufacturers wonder how long until they are able to 3D-print high-volume production parts. Capabilities exist right now that may be surprising.
Rapid prototyping or 3D printing, while getting faster and more capable, as well as having more materials that are suitable for the wide array of processes, is rapid in the context of prototyping.
Although the auto industry uses a tremendous amount of 3D printing equipment, one avoids referring to it as “additive manufacturing” for the simple reason that “manufacturing” sounds like repetitive processing of goods in non-trivial volume, and given (1) the throughput of the equipment and (2) the number of vehicles that are produced in a given hour by any manufacturer whose products are sitting in the parking lot outside your window (OK, there are exceptions, like if you happen to be in Newport Beach), the auto industry has pretty much used the equipment for purposes of prototyping.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into complaints about frontal driver airbag systems that could fail in Volkswagen vehicles.
Australia’s consumer watchdog agency is suing Volkswagen AG for misleading customers about the company’s diesel-powered vehicles.
KBA, Germany’s motor authority, has approved steps Volkswagen AG may implement to bring more than 800,000 of its diesel engines into emission compliance.
The grail of metal additive manufacturing is the ability to keep pace with full automotive production. The quest continues.
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German’s largest investor advisory association, DSW, is calling for an independent investigation into diesel emission test cheating at Volkswagen AG.
Volkswagen AG plans to recall about 170,000 Audi and 680,000 VW brand vehicles in the U.S. to replace Takata Corp. driver-side airbag inflators that could explode when triggered by a crash.
Volkswagen AG is preparing to recall about 420,000 sedans, hatchbacks and crossovers in the U.S. to remedy a defect that could prevent the driver airbag from deploying when it should.
Volkswagen AG confirms a report by Automobilwoche that it will end production of its Eos hardtop convertible by June.
Volkswagen AG is considering at least five more models for the American market in a bid to bolster its U.S. sales.
Hyundai-Kia Chief Design Offer Peter Schreyer is this year's winner of the prestigious lifetime design achievement award from the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology.
Brad Keselowski, who drives for Team Penske in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, is taking what he’s learned about the importance of advanced technology on the track to manufacturing.
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Editor-in-Chief, AutoBeat Group
The best-selling passenger car in China is the Volkswagen Lavida.
Although Sigmund Freud allegedly once asked, rhetorically, no doubt, “What do women want?”, the good doctor probably didn’t have the same answer that the folks at TrueCar.com have determined, based on an analysis of car registrations.
Folding hardtops are becoming as common as iPods these days. Ford's 1957-1959 Fairlane Skyliner took technology originally developed for the Continental Mark II to production, but the complex and heavy mechanism never caught on. Years later, the idea was revived by the folding roof of the Mercedes SLK, and found its way into everything from the extremely rare Qvale Mangusta to Cadillac's XLR, before targeting more affordable offerings like Volvo's C70 and Pontiac's G6. Now VW enters the fray with its Eos, a Golf-based four-seater that adds a few tricks of its own to the mix.