In recent years, the established area of application for additive-manufactured components made of metal and polymer materials has expanded from industries such as aerospace, which are characterized by individual or small series production, to industries such as automotive industry, which are characterized by large series production. The technology is increasingly being utilized in the field of sports and super sports cars in particular, with the result that profitable yearly unit numbers in the region of 5,000 are being achieved in automotive engineering. This is due, on the one hand, to clever design trimmed for cost optimization and the associated outstanding lightweight construction potential, but also to the increasing stabilization and optimization of production processes. Current developments provide an insight into the potential that can be exploited in the automotive sector.
This presentation will show, on the basis of examples and projects, how the challenges of technology can be tackled in order to achieve profitable series production in the automotive industry.