3D Printing drives advances in automotive manufacturing

Our connected vehicles are now part of our connected lives. That means automakers must deliver not only connectivity for hands-free calling, navigation, and music, but more embedded technologies and sensors for everything from heated seats to automated safety features.

In addition to incorporating the latest innovative technology features with each new model, automakers must also continue to evolve vehicle designs to be lighter, more fuel efficient, while offering the mix of models and in-vehicle options that consumers can customize to their liking.

Meeting these demands would’ve been unimaginable 20 years ago. Automakers and their suppliers can use advances in digital manufacturing, like 3D printing and other digitally-enabled, on-demand production services, to improve their designs while creating smarter, lighter, and more customizable vehicles.

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