Volkswagen sees significant savings in cost and lead time with 3D Printing
In collaboration with our Additive Studios team, the Volkswagen Group redesigned a conventionally manufactured tooling nozzle used to make the VW Tiguan. This came with great success, as Additive Industries received the prestigious TCT Transport Application Award for the new design at the TCT 3Sixty, the UK's annual 3D printing and AM event.
Due to the capability of additive manufacturing to print complex part geometries, the nozzle design was simplified from two machined components that were welded together to a single hollow part.
AM shortened the lead time to two days and changed the material from titanium to stainless steel, cutting costs on the part. Our team contributed to the design for Additive Manufacturing, including build parameters and post-processing, as well as the 316L data utilized in Volkswagen's MetalFAB printer.