Audi sees the light: colour and transparent 3D printed prototypes for automotive design

Published 07 June 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, 3d printing, stratasys, materials, tech, audi

Audi, with a little coaxing from Stratasys, has revealed how 3D printing parts has sped up its new vehicle approval process from a design standpoint - and it’s not necessarily the parts you’d expect either.

The Audi Pre-Series Center in Ingolstadt has built rear light covers using its Stratasys’ J750 full-color, multi-material 3D printer, nailing the colour accuracy and textures, along with the all important transparency allowed by the ‘digital materials’ process.

Physical models and prototypes for the brand require the allocation of most parts of the vehicle in an early stage of product development – everything from wheel covers and door handles to radiator grills - for which the team traditionally uses milling or molding to produce components.

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