Community Story: 3D printed manufacturing aids – with Ultimaker for Volkswagen
The case of Volkswagen Autoeuropa illustrates how 3D printing can be of great value to the automotive industry. While – traditionally – 3D printing used to be associated with creating prototypes, it has great potential for manufacturing businesses in creating custom tools, jigs, fixtures, and other manufacturing aids. With 3D printing, it’s possible to create highly complex designs and make rapid revisions and amendments, without cost penalties or long lead times. The tools can be tailored to match exact requirements, making function and performance the main drivers of design – not cost or time.