The automotive industry is evolving fast. As industry trends like autonomous driving, on-board connectivity, and hybrid/electric vehicles continue to drive innovation, agility-minded automotive companies are turning to Protolabs to accelerate new product development and get to market faster. With quick-turn digital manufacturing and automated manufacturability feedback, designers and engineers can mitigate design and cost risks while developing a more responsive supply chain to better react to driver and passenger demand for more customized vehicles.
Why Protolabs for Automotive Development?
Mitigate design risk through rapid iteration and prototyping in production materials without sacrificing development speed.
Supply Chain Flexibility
Get on-demand support for line-down emergencies, part recalls, or other supply chain disturbances in your production plants by using automated quoting, rapid tooling, and low-volume production parts.
Validate part geometry with several quality documentation options. Digital inspection, PPAP, and FAI reporting are available.
Implement low-volume manufacturing to enable more diverse and customized automotive features that are tailored to modern drivers.
Tooling and Fixtures
Improve manufacturing processes to create greater automation and streamlined component assembly with custom fixturing.
“Since its lead times are twice as fast as other service bureaus, I often use Protolabs for 3D printed and machined components. It’s extremely valuable during development to get high-quality parts, manufactured to the CAD specs, in a matter of days.”
What Materials Work Best for Automotive Applications?
Thermoplastics. Choose from hundreds of thermoplastics including PEEK, acetal, or supply your own material. Maintain branding with custom colorant for qualified projects.
Liquid Silicone Rubber. Silicone rubber materials such as fuel-resistant fluorosilicone can be used for gaskets, seals, and tubing. An optical clarity silicone rubber is also available for lens and lighting applications.
Aluminum. This all-purpose metal used for light-weighting provides excellent strength-to-weight ratio and can be machined or 3D printed.
|COMMON AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS|
Our digital manufacturing capabilities accelerate the development of a range of metal and plastic automotive components. A few of common automotive applications include: