Producing prototypes was one of the first applications of 3D printing technology and the automotive industry pioneered this development. 3D Printing allows businesses to produce parts faster than with conventional methods. Today, the technology is cost-efficient and offers highly accurate parts and a wide range of high-quality finishing options, leading to an incredible resemblance to reality.
The benefits are obvious. How about the challenges? Tata Motors, Engineering Research Centre-Prototype Manufacturing (ERC), experienced that a large part of their prototype volume was caused by support structures. Finding the optimal configuration for the supports required trial runs. In addition, insufficient data preparation led to build failures. Fortunately, our 3D printing software suite could help them to fix these issues.
- Yeole Hemkant, Senior Manager – ERC Prototype Manufacturing, Tata Motors
Backed by Materialise software, Tata Motors ERC-Prototype Manufacturing, now produces 3D-printed prototypes that consume less material and are of higher quality. The support structures occupy around 30% of a part’s weight, whereas they weighed double or even triple before. Their data preparation process is sped up and generates less build failures.
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