Automotive

3D Printing for Automotive

Our industrial line of products was designed for the automotive industry. From resin to fiber content, our filaments are formulated to mimic typical materials used in automotive parts. This allows designers and engineers to not only produce visual prototypes but also functional prototypes and parts to further cut down development and validation time. 

The industrial PA6 and PP materials can be used for parts ranging from under the hood components to interior switches and trims with its high heat resistance, strength and UV resistance. By leveraging the flexibility of additive manufacturing and the strength of these materials, custom one offs or small production runs are more economically accessible than ever before. These are truly production ready materials.

With ever-increasing demands for fuel efficiency, coupled with mandated growth in EV production, automakers are under quite a bit of pressure to produce strong, impact-resistant vehicles that are also flexible and lightweight. Fortis3D® aims to supply filaments for 3D printing for automotive businesses.

Auto components endure harsh conditions, from heat to sunlight to chemical exposure. Any production process using 3D printing for automotive parts must ensure that the materials used can stand up to real world conditions when functional parts are incorporated in auto design and manufacturing.

Printed parts can end up both on vehicle exteriors and interiors. Either way, they must meet specifications for loads, temperature endurance, and chemical exposure as well as mechanical strength, impact resistance, and UV light tolerance. No one wants their car’s interior surfaces to crack, fade, or flake because of exposure to sunlight. Our UV-resistant 3D printing material reduces such problems.

Our 3D printing materials also enable innovative automotive design. A radical new look for a vehicle raises many unknowns about everything from wind resistance to safety to comfort. 3D-printed models and components may be useful in simulations to help envision how a new vehicle design will perform under a variety of conditions.

3D printing also brings a tactile reality to a conceptual design: holding a model in your hand and inspecting it from all sides is a very different sensory experience than viewing a 3D design on a computer screen. The tactile, visual, and spatial experience 3D printing provides cannot be discounted in product design. In fact, it may reveal previously undiscovered issues or assets in new vehicle conceptualizations that design teams hadn’t previously considered.

Fortis3D® has worked to produce materials suitable for 3D printing for automotive uses, so your prototyping and manufacturing processes turn out parts that are functional and durable yet lightweight.