On the road: 3D printing in the global automotive industry

On the road: 3D printing in the global automotive industry

  • Written by Matt Jani
    Dec 14, 2017
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The second half of 2017 has been a busy one for Ultimaker, attending conferences and seminars to share some of our customers' 3D printing success stories which could help others to create better products and work more efficiently.

Our Senior Vice President of Product Management, Paul Heiden has traveled far and wide to spread the news about the significant time and cost savings that Ultimaker 3D printers can offer for small-scale manufacturing in business and production environments. This was especially well demonstrated by Volkswagen Autoeuropa, who used several Ultimaker 3D printers to streamline their production time and costs by locally manufacturing jigs, fixtures, and other tools for their work floor. By doing so, they reduced their tool development time and costs by over 90%.

World Automotive Conference, Istanbul, 10 - 12th October 2017

Paul’s first stop was the World Automotive Conference, held at the Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. Attended by over 500 automotive market experts, this event focused Industry 4.0 and future trends in the automotive industry, facilitating interactive debate, thought-leadership and networking opportunities.

Paul Heiden at WAC 2017
Paul speaking at WAC 2017

On the 11th October, Paul spoke at the conference about the specific advantages of using 3D printing for small-scale production, and attendees were able to discover the advantages of 3D printing for automotive applications by visiting Ultimaker’s exhibition stand, where they could talk to product experts, undergo product demonstrations, and examine sample 3D printed end-use parts, such as 3D printed jigs, fixtures, and other tools.

The success of this event was made possible with the help of our service partner 3Dortgen, who handle sales, installation, and aftercare of Ultimaker 3D printers, accessories, and materials throughout Turkey.

WAC 2017 exhibition floor
Service partners
3Dortgen, Ultimaker's service parter in Turkey

SAMA 3D Printing Conference, Shanghai, 20 - 22nd October

The next stop was the 2nd Shanghai Additive Manufacturing Association International Forum, held at Lingang Songjiang Technology City, in Shanghai. SAMA is the leading 3D printing industry association in Mainland China, and was attended by over 800 participants from all over the world. The event was organized in collaboration with the Shanghai consulate, and offered the opportunity for Dutch 3D printing companies to present themselves at a technology seminar and matchmaking organized with interesting potential customers or partners.

SAMA 2017 Shanghai

At this exhibition, Paul Heiden spoke during the Industry Forum about our Volkswagen Autoeuropa case. In addition, we presented Ultimaker products, our business, and hosted a media event to announce Wenpoo 3D as our official service partner in Mainland China.

SAMA 2017 Shanghai
Paul Heiden speaking about Ultimaker's Volkswagen Autoeuropa case
SAMA 2017 Shanghai
Wenpoo 3D is Ultimaker's official service partner in Mainland China
SAMA 2017 Shanghai

We are very excited about the potential offered by 3D printing for the automotive industry, and we encourage automotive companies to adopt Ultimaker 3D printers to assist with their production needs. To find out more, visit our automotive explore pages.