Audi will use AM processes to produce auxiliary components 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.
The cooperation with innovative startups is becoming increasingly important for established companies. When it comes to the construction of 3D printed assembly aids, for example, Audi relies on a program that was developed together with the AM 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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Kai Tubbesing, Hannover Messe Audi relies on 3D printing and start-up cooperation https://www.hannovermesse.de/en/news/news-articles/audi-relies-on-3d-printing-and-start-up-cooperation published on Mar26, re-edited and published by Rob Parker on Mar31 2020;
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