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Volkswagen Autoeuropa: Maximizing production efficiency with 3D printed tools, jigs, and fixtures

Volkswagen Autoeuropa, who is responsible for manufacturing iconic Volkswagen models such as the Scirocco and Sharan, and has yearly output levels of 100,000 cars, now uses 3D printing to revolutionize its workflow. The facility 3D prints manufacturing aids that are used daily on the assembly line. No longer having to rely on external suppliers for its tools, jigs, and fixtures greatly reduces the costs and shrinks lead times from several weeks to just a few days.

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Stratasys to Showcase its Advanced Carbon Fibre Additive Manufacturing Solution and Unique Multi-Material Capabilities at TCT Show 2018

At this year’s TCT Show (September 25-27), Stratasys, will showcase the value of 3D printing carbon fibre parts, as well as highlighting its unique multi-material additive manufacturing capabilities. From advanced prototypes, to composite tooling and final part production, Stratasys (Hall 3, Stand H36) will highlight examples from a broad spectrum of industries demonstrating how the company’s proven FDM and PolyJet technologies are significantly reducing time and costs for leading designers and manufacturers worldwide.

SABIC debuts at NPE 2018 new portfolio of PP compounds for soft feel in automotive interior components

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, unveiled here today at NPE 2018, booth S19001, a new and growing portfolio of SABIC® polypropylene (PP) compounds that deliver a soft feel combined with excellent scratch performance in unpainted, low gloss automotive interior components. The new SABIC® PP compounds offer the luxurious haptics and finishes that today’s consumers demand – even in lower-priced vehicles. At the same time, these injection molding materials can help automotive OEMs and tiers reduce costs by as much as 50 percent by avoiding secondary operations such as applying soft paint, fabric, foam or other surface covering.


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