Audi relies on 3D printing and start-up cooperation
Audi plans to use auxiliary components from additive manufacturing processes in the assembly of the e-tron GT electric car in future. The design software is the result of a cooperative project with a start-up.26 Mar 2020 Kai Tubbesing
Cooperating with innovative startups is becoming increasingly important for established companies. When it comes to the construction of additively manufactured assembly aids, for example, Audi relies on a program that was developed together with the 3D printing specialist trinckle . The car manufacturer hopes that this will make the process 80% faster compared to manual component modeling in conventional CAD software: the new program is expected to make the design of pre-assembly devices possible without special CAD knowledge.
Audi cites the production of 3D-printed work aids equipped with integrated clamps for the pre-assembly of air-conditioning compressors or cooling pipes as a concrete field of application for the e-tron GT. The auxiliary tools allow a single employee on the production line to precisely align all the components with each other – a process that previously required a colleague to lend a hand. Audi plans to extend the new concept to the entire Group.
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