Produced without moulds, without design restrictions and ten times faster than conventional processes: 3D printing offers almost innumerable applications. The automotive industry was among the first to make commercial use of this technology - it helps developers save time and makes them more flexible in all phases of vehicle development and production. In SEAT's case, the in-house 3D printing laboratory is located at the SEAT Prototype Centre.
"Anything imaginable can be manufactured." This is the motto of SEAT's 3D printing laboratory, where a total of nine large 3D printers are in operation around the clock. They produce every conceivable component for all departments of the vehicle manufacturer - including the design, production and logistics departments. "One of the advantages is that we have virtually no restrictions on the possible shapes and can produce high-precision designs for all areas of the plant - no matter how complicated they appear. And all of this in a time that is unattainable with the normal manufacturing process," says Norbert Martín, head of SEAT's 3D printing laboratory.