3D Printing in the Transportation Industry: The Ultimate Guide
Why Transportation Companies Use Additive Manufacturing
The transportation industry has some of the harshest and most extreme testing environments to ensure safe, high-quality parts.
With a wide array of rugged, high-temperature materials and versatile technologies at our disposal, we have decades of experience helping transportation customers develop consolidated, lightweight parts to create more efficient vehicles.
Some of the applications that have transformed the industry include complex duct work that can’t be fabricated with conventional manufacturing methods, resilient prototypes, elastomeric models, covers, enclosures, custom interior features and large paneling.
One of the most exciting applications realized today is the opportunity to reproduce aftermarket parts for restoring classic cars.
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Our continuing advancements in enterprise 3D printing has also opened up exciting new opportunities for production applications.
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Discover what’s possible in transportation with our wide variety of technologies and specially formulated materials.
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At Stratasys Direct we offer the largest fleet of 3D printing technologies to serve a variety of application needs.
FDM builds strong, durable parts with production thermoplastic materials capable of withstanding high temperatures and under-the-hood pressures.
Using powdered Nylon 11 & Nylon 12, LS parts fulfill a variety of production automotive applications such as ductwork and high-heat applications.
Ideal for building in batches to achieve low unit pricing, Multi Jet Fusion produces complex production parts with fine detail, including ducting, connectors and housings.
With metals like aluminum and titanium, DMLS is ideal for complex and fine feature automotive components, as well as tough functional prototypes.
With advanced formula polymer materials, including some certified to UL-94VO and FAR 25.853, Urethane Casting can produce short runs of production parts.
Ideal for highly accurate, large parts like paneling, or as a complementary technology to additive manufacturing processes, CNC machining lends precision to automotive applications.
Utilize a near-limitless material catalogue to create larger runs of automotive production parts or prototypes.
We have critical knowledge derived from decades working with the automotive industry to maximize your resources and provide AS9100 and ISO 9001-certified manufacturing facilities to ensure consistent, high quality components.
Our teams of experts have worked alongside transportation engineers to build vehicle parts for decades.
- Custom interiors
- Aftermarket and reverse-engineered parts
- Large, complex paneling
- Assembly Jigs & Fixtures
Transportation Industry Resources
Electric Motorcycle Features 3D Printed PartsMission Motors pushes the envelope of motorcycle design with 3D printing
Mission Motors pushes the envelope of motorcycle design with 3D printingRead the Case Study
Advancing Thermal Management with 3D PrintingDiscover the unique performance capabilities for thermal control enabled by DMLS.
Discover the unique performance capabilities for thermal control enabled by DMLS.Read the White Paper
Frequently Asked Questions
Will Stratasys Direct Manufacturing sign Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA)?
Yes, we will sign an NDA. We always keep customer information confidential and only release information at the customer’s discretion.
If you or your company do not have a standard NDA we can provide you with our NDA which protects both the customer and Stratasys Direct Manufacturing.
What is the largest part size that you can build?
In many technologies, very large parts can be built in sections and then bonded together. For a single build, FDM can produce the largest components with a maximum build envelope of 36” by 24” by 36”.
Can the size of parts be scaled up or down before printing?
Using your completed 3D design file, we can easily scale the size of an object up or down.