AM In-Depth - The Journey Toward Additive Manufacturing for Serial Production of Polymer Parts: Opportunities and Challenges for an Automotive Lighting Supplier

September 21 - 21, 2020

The journey to additive manufacturing in serial production in an established manufacturing-focused organization is one of many challenges and highlights.  This presentation chronicles this in-progress journey for an automotive tier 1 supplier starting with technology selection/overviews, uses in jigs and fixtures, technology/business fits, and nuts and bolts technical level validations.  The presentation also explores the creation and details of a “lighthouse” AM project intended to show clearly what the technology can do, as well as some early implementation/trials and a view to the future.  Throughout the presentation are highlights of advice “from the school of hard knocks” for those also contemplating or starting a similar journey.

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