Audi Adopts Stratasys Full Color Multi-Material 3D Printing to Innovate and Accelerate Automotive Design
The Audi Pre-Series Center in Germany builds physical models and prototypes for the brand to evaluate new designs and concepts thoroughly. Traditional methods, such as molding and milling, are commonly used to create and replicate new designs – everything from wheel covers and door handles to radiator grills.
In this case of tail light covers, the team traditionally used milling or molding to produce individual parts. The main challenge with these production techniques are the multi-colored covers of the tail light housing. These individual color parts must be assembled, as they cannot be produced in one-piece. This time-intensive process increases lead times for design verification and subsequently delays time-to-market.
With the Stratasys J750 and the new vivid colors, the Audi Plastics 3D Printing Center is able to produce entirely transparent, multi-colored tail light covers in a single print, eliminating the need for its previous multi-step process.