SEAT produces prototype components on the 3D printer

August 17, 2020 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
SEAT produces prototype components on the 3D printer
The automotive industry was among the first to recognize the advantages of additive manufacturing (aka 3D printing). This also and especially applies to vehicle manufacturers who are active in the volume market, such as the Spanish Volkswagen subsidiary SEAT. The company derives enormous advantages from this innovative production technology.

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.

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