Stratasys, a global leader in additive technology solutions for industries, declared that the Audi Pre-Series Center with its Plastics 3D Printing Center in Ingolstadt, Germany, will use the world’s only full-color, multi-material 3D printer – the Stratasys J750 – to innovate its design process and accelerate design verification. This would help in the production of tail light covers reducing prototyping lead times by up to 50 percent.
Before the start of production of a new vehicle, the Audi Pre-Series Center in Ingolstadt builds physical models and prototypes for the brand for evaluation of the new designs and concepts. Till now, molding and milling, the traditional methods are used to create and replicate new designs. The use of plastics 3D printing has now become an integral part of the automotive design process at the Audi Pre-Series Center, to overcome the limitations of conventional processes and accelerate design verification.
Dr. Tim Spiering, Head of the Audi Plastics 3D Printing Center, explained, “We need prototypes to have exact part geometries, no distortion and extremely high quality, as well as true-to-part color and transparency. The Stratasys J750 3D Printer will offer us a significant advantage, as it allows us to print the exact textures and colors our design defines. This is essential for getting design concepts approved for production. In terms of 3D printing transparent parts, I have not seen a comparable technology that meets our standards.”
Dr. Spiering, added, “Using the J750 for the prototyping of tail light covers, we will be able to accelerate our design verification process. We estimate time-savings of up to 50 percent by using this 3D print technique in our prototyping process of tail light covers.”