Prototype Design of 3D Printing Automobile Parts
Defects in Traditional Prototyping
Before making a prototype using 3D printing technology, the development team needs to go through the following process when making a test prototype:
Get rough data by measuring parts manually ->use traditional CNC technology to make a large number of different blister molds ->mold dressing and debugging ->CNC processing to obtain test prototype finished products.
Because each mold is produced by CNC processing and manufacturing method, and the size is very large, a lot of communication and coordination work are required. This production mode is not only complex, but also time-consuming and costly. In addition, in the production process, the development team needs to rely on technicians with rich professional knowledge. The lengthy and complex production process will also consume a lot of time, energy and cost of technicians. In addition, some more complex designs are difficult to achieve. Therefore, such a traditional production method will not only cause the development team to be limited in design due to time and cost considerations.
3D printing makes a qualitative leap in prototype testing
After going through the tedious traditional production process, automobile manufacturers have adopted a pioneering method to introduce 3D printing technology into the prototype production of automobile parts, which marks a new beginning.
To make a test prototype using 3D printing technology, you only need to scan to obtain accurate model data first, then use CAD software to reverse model and design changes, then import the model into slicing software, and then use 3D printer to print the model directly. With 3D printing technology, engineers can quickly and efficiently produce a complete, high-precision model, or easily conduct verification tests by applying it to other auto parts.
Advantages of using 3D printer for production
3D printing greatly improves the efficiency of prototyping and reduces production time and cost. When using 3D printers, product development speed can be increased five times or more. Because 3D printing technology helps them to save tedious and lengthy CNC processing process and turn the whole process into digital production, which greatly reduces costs and shortens the design process and time.
lower production cost
The development and manufacture of large molds are quite expensive, and the development of sample molds in order to make one or two samples will greatly increase the production cost. The use of 3D printing samples can not only eliminate the cost of mold development and production, but also shorten the production time, reducing the previous three months to 1-2 weeks. Overall, the use of 3D printing technology has helped us reduce production costs by more than 90%.
Improve production autonomy
When using 3D printing technology for prototype production, the way of digital modeling combined with 3D printing not only improves the efficiency of the development team in design, but also can be verified synchronously during the design process. All problems are eliminated before the development of formal molds, which greatly improves the yield of production and production.
Improve design flexibility
3D printing can print any geometric shape, greatly improving the flexibility of design. 3D printing can help developers to make any car model and complex parts to better meet the personalized needs of customers.