How additive manufacturing is transforming low volume automotive production

The UK automotive sector has enjoyed unprecedented success in recent years with car production at record levels and a booming export market. This sector is, however, facing dramatic new challenges and opportunities. Technology is creating a host of opportunities which allow for new innovations and the development of cleaner, more efficient and safer vehicles. The rapid development of the digital economy means traditional business models are being adapted as companies embrace concepts such as the Digital Factory, Blockchain and Additive Manufacturing.

Join us to see how FDM Digital Solutions, in just 4 years, has built up the largest Additive Manufacturing production facility in the UK, running systems with a build envelope of up-to 914.4 x 609.6 x 914.4mm. FDM specialise in thermoplastics which are suitably robust for engineering applications with high performance materials such as PEEK and Carbon PA available utilising Stratasys’s FDM (Fused Deposition Technology) filament production and HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) powder-based technology. With ongoing investment in excess of £1.5 million in the latest 3D printing production technology, FDM are helping change the future of direct digital manufacturing

FDM Digital Solutions has a suite of 7 Stratasys machines, 1 HP Multi Jet Fusion printer and 2 Roboze machines — the largest commercially available capacity in the UK with the largest build envelopes for FDM processes.

The FDM Process uses common engineering thermoplastics, enabling high quality engineering components to be produced. Unlike many other processes these aren’t simulants and so they represent typical material qualities of parts made in similar materials using different processes.

The HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) Process uses an inkjet array to apply fusing and detailing agents across a bed of nylon powder, which are then fused by heating elements into a solid layer. The technology’s unique approach to binding powder results in more isotropic material properties, faster build speeds, and, ultimately, lower costs compared to other powder-based 3D printing processes.

Agenda

  • 12.30 Arrival and lunch
  • 13.00 Presentations
  • 14.00 Break & Refreshments
  • 14.30 Tours and Clinics
  • 15.00 Networking
  • 15.30 Depart
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