The supply chain in the automotive industry is one of the most complex supply chains due to its wide spread globalization and an ever-growing backlog of orders. Digital Warehousing and additive manufacturing enable automotive companies and suppliers to source high quality parts on-demand at a significant shorter lead time and reduced cost, as well as, in a sustainable and environment friendly mean.
With 3D printing, maintenance and repair shops are able to acquire any replacement part within the same day. Ordering or keeping a physical inventory storage is minimized, and costs for the customer and service provider would be lowered.
With Rapid Prototyping, automotive manufacturers are able to produce working prototypes in a couple of hours, instead of several days or weeks. Designers can test more frequently at a reduced cost, eventually leading to a faster production and better-end products.
Customization of vehicles has been a popular rising trend in the automotive industry, however an expensive one. With additive manufacturing, traditional machining, molding and tooling costs are eliminated, reducing costs and lead-time.
Reducing weight while maintaining material properties is a principle goal for automotive manufacturers. 3D printing offers lightweight materials with similar properties and weight reducing tactics such as creating hollow pieces, ultimately enhancing the driving experience and improving fuel efficiency.
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