Posts with tag: ‘automotive’

How the Automotive Industry Uses Recycled Plastic for 3D Printing

How the Automotive Industry Uses Recycled Plastic for 3D PrintingThe globally competitive automotive industry faces many major challenges these days, including:

  • Increasing prices for raw materials
  • Sustainability and environmental pressures
  • Policy changes on recycling and reuse
  • Ever-changing technologies available to meet customer preferences

3D printing may just be one of the solutions that car companies can look towards to address some of these issues.
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The Top Automotive Companies Using 3D Printing

When it comes to automotive manufacturing, 3D printing is becoming more prominent. In fact, 3D printing and cars have a long history that’s only becoming deeper. At the moment, you’re not likely to get a car which has been made completely by any additive manufacturing companies, although there are some niche vehicles which are.

The mainstream automotive industry is adopting 3D printing in varied and more limited ways, but it’s still becoming a more integral part of making cars. It’s also important to note that automakers sometimes guard manufacturing techniques, and some automakers openly talk about them.
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The Biggest Challenge For Autonomous Cars

There’s plenty of hype in the media about autonomous driving technology. Quite a bit of this is fueled by the eager press releases and slick marketing copy produced by automakers and tech companies, which are trying to please investors and excite the public. There’s a problem with this dynamic because it isn’t entirely honest about how difficult reaching Level 5 autonomous tech will be.

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The Carpocalypse Is Coming

You likely have at least some sense of big changes coming to the automotive industry. Most people know about Tesla, but other young startups, plus a plethora of other companies are in the process of disrupting our personal transportation options. As a result, we’re about to see what I term the Carpocalypse.

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