Additive Manufacturing

Ford Uses 3D Manufacturing to Thwart Wheel Thefts

Personalized design created from owner’s voice

Rapid Prototyping

Racing to Additive: Race Teams Look to 3D Printing

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.

Additive Manufacturing

Daimler Touts Low-Cost 3D Printing Process

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.

Additive Manufacturing

Additive Operation Addresses Total System

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.


Additive, Here and Now

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.  


How Real Is Additive Manufacturing?

There is a lot of discussion about how 3D printing/rapid prototyping/additive manufacturing is revolutionizing manufacturing, including automotive manufacturing.


MINI Goes Big on 3D Printing

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.


U.S. Opens Probe into Airbag Failures in 415,800 VW Vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into complaints about frontal driver airbag systems that could fail in Volkswagen vehicles.


Australia Sues VW Over False Diesel Claims

Australia’s consumer watchdog agency is suing Volkswagen AG for misleading customers about the company’s diesel-powered vehicles.


VW Approved to Fix Another 800,000 Diesels in Europe

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.


Additive for Automotive

When will additive manufacturing be ready for high-volume production?


UPDATE: VW Investor Groups Want Independent Probe of Diesel Scandal

German’s largest investor advisory association, DSW, is calling for an independent investigation into diesel emission test cheating at Volkswagen AG.


VW Group to Recall 850,000 Vehicles with Takata Airbag Inflators

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.


VW to Recall 420,000 Cars in U.S. to Fix Airbag Flaw

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.

VW Poised to Phase Out Eos Cabriolet

Volkswagen AG confirms a report by Automobilwoche that it will end production of its Eos hardtop convertible by June.


Kia Designer Schreyer Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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.

Looking East

The best-selling passenger car in China is the Volkswagen Lavida.

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