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How large 3D printed mock-ups can accelerate the automotive industry

05 Jan, 2024

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Large Scale 3D printed Car mock-ups

Large Scale 3D printed Car mock-ups

Working on custom car projects Caracol has seen how large 3D printed mock-ups can help accelerate product development in the automotive industry, from concept design to fitting and production.

Mock-ups are scaled or full-size models of a design that are used for various purposes, such as aesthetic design evaluation, fit-testing, product testing, demonstration, teaching, and promotion. In the Automotive industry, these physical models of car designs range from simple sketches to full-scale prototypes. Made of various materials, such as clay, foam, plastic, or metal, they are essential for validating the functionality, aesthetics, and performance of new car concepts before they go into production. They are important for custom-made cars and vehicle development for several reasons.

The impact of 3D printing on Mock-ups and Full-scale Prototypes in the Automotive Industry

Large format additive manufacturing (LFAM) is an innovative technology that enables the creation of large parts or structures by depositing layers of material, such as plastic, metal, or composite, using a print head controlled by slicing and automation software.

As traditional methods of making mock-ups can be costly, time-consuming, and wasteful, LFAM systems are increasingly adopted in this specific application. Through the use of large-scale 3D printers, the production and supply chain of automotive mock-ups can benefit from several advantages, such as:

  • Faster manufacturing;
  • Reduced material waste and cost;
  • Improved quality and accuracy;
  • Enhanced design freedom and innovation.

Read more on why 3D printed mock-ups are important for the Automotive industry and how Caracol and Titans of CNC collaborated on the front grille 3D printed mock-up and end-use custom part for a 1968 Chevrolet C10 custom build by Gas Monkey Garage, Dallas (Texas) at this link.

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Caracol offers extreme Additive Manufacturing solutions with no scale limits. The company has developed its own LFAM system: with a patented extrusion head and proprietary algorithms. This system saves costs, reduces lead time, minimizes waste, and can reutilize waste or recycled materials.