In the past, automotive manufacturers have relied on clay models as a way of exploring new ideas for their vehicles. Today, however, using a computer-aided design (CAD) program has become the norm for all car makers.
“CAD allows us to more accurately visualize our designs,” says Topworks plastic mold CEO Steven. “We can make changes and see them immediately.”
But when these companies want to take their designs even further beyond clay and into real-world prototypes of their concepts cars, they turn to Vital Auto. We specialize in additive manufacturing and 3D printing, so we’re able to create prototypes with quality parts that look just like the computer generated versions that were created in CAD programs.
When we work with clients who are looking at new ways of creating cars or even completely new kinds of vehicles that haven’t been seen before on the roadways today, we help them realize their visions by turning those ideas into physical objects through additive manufacturing processes like fused deposition modeling (FDM) or stereolithography
When automotive designers at major automakers want to experiment with new forms of design, they turn to Vital Auto. The company then pairs these visionaries with its well-equipped 3D printing department, which turns their visions into reality.
This is because 3D printing has changed the way that concept cars are built and fabricated. It’s also changed the way that designers approach automotive prototype.The first use of 3D printing in the automotive industry was in 1995, when a Lamborghini concept car called the Cala was made with 3D printed body panels. This was followed by another Lamborghini concept car, named the Terzo Millennio, which had a chassis fabricated by 3D printing.
In this article, we’ll explore how 3D printing has made its way into concept car design and fabrication at Vital Auto and what it means for future car designs.
The most obvious benefit of 3D printing is the ability to quickly produce complex shapes and structures, which allows designers to create more creative designs. This has led to an explosion in creativity in the automotive industry that we haven’t seen since the early 1900s when cars were first being mass produced.
What Is a Concept Car?
Before we dive into how 3D printing is changing the way that concept cars are designed and fabricated, let’s take a minute to understand what a concept car is.
A concept car is a vehicle that showcases new ideas or technologies in an innovative way. They’re often used by automakers as marketing tools—they can be shown at auto shows, for example, or even driven around town in order to generate buzz about upcoming models or changes within an existing lineup.
Concept cars aren’t always functional—they may have been designed purely for aesthetic purposes or have only one feature that’s meant to stand out from the crowd (like an unusually shaped body). But even if they don’t work yet, concept cars can provide inspiration for future vehicles.Many concept cars are never produced for the mass market, but some do go on to become production vehicles. In some cases, automakers will show off a new idea with a concept car and then release it as a limited-edition model or special edition that can only be purchased one time.
Concept cars are often designed as showcases for new technologies that may or may not make it into future models. They’re also a way for automakers to get feedback from customers about what they like and don’t like about the car.
The industries 3D printing covers:
- Prototyping: 3D printing has revolutionized prototyping by significantly cutting both time and costs associated with its creation. Rapid prototyping enables designers to modify designs quickly until an ideal product emerges; companies can take an idea from concept to physical object in hours or days rather than weeks or months!
- Medical and Dental Applications of 3D Printing: With its flexibility and adaptability, 3D printing has quickly become an invaluable asset to modern medicine. From creating customized prosthetics that perfectly match a user to bioprinting organs for transplant, its potential is immense. 3D printing technology has also revolutionized dentistry; permitting production of crowns, bridges, stone models, orthodontic appliances with speed and accuracy.
- Fashion and Jewelry: In fashion design, 3D printing enables designers to break free from conventional techniques and materials by producing items not possible otherwise. In jewelry production, complex and intricate designs previously impossible can now be realized using this revolutionary manufacturing method.
- Automotive and Aerospace Parts: 3D Printing can bring tremendous benefit to both automotive and aerospace industries by creating lightweight yet strong parts with increased performance capabilities that increase efficiency and performance. Companies like SpaceX and Boeing already use 3D printing as part of their spacecraft or aircraft production line processes.
- Custom Tools and Spare Parts: 3D printing makes it possible to design custom tools or parts when one for an electronic device is no longer readily available; this feature is particularly handy in remote locations or when original parts no longer manufactured by original suppliers.
- Architecture and Construction: Architects can use three dimensional renderings of their designs to better visualize what will emerge when built, while construction companies have been exploring using 3D printing to construct buildings and bridges; potentially saving both time, money, and resources in the process.
- Education: 3D printing provides students with an immersive hands-on learning experience to apply their knowledge directly. Be it used for physics projects, biology lessons or art class assignments – having access to a 3D printer enhances creativity while furthering education.
- Food: 3D printing in food industry can create intricate designs, personalized nutrition plans and contribute to sustainable production processes. From printing sugar sculptures and personalized pasta shapes to exploring lab-grown meat production methods – 3D printing will undoubtedly revolutionise culinary world!