Challenge and solution

Challenge

Challenge

Before 3D printing, Tucci Hot Rods would either fabricate custom aluminum or plastic parts using laser cutting and CNC milling techniques, or create custom pieces by hand. Both processes are expensive and time consuming. Also, there is no way of ensuring that a newly-created piece would 100% fulfill its purpose. Iterations may mean starting from scratch; wasting time and money.

Solution

Solution

3D printing has allowed the Tucci team to speed up and refine the entire production process, from design and testing, through to production and post-processing. Tenfold savings have been made in producing test part iterations, which in turn, has encouraged greater creativity and raised production standards of custom aftermarket car components.

Cost comparison

Traditional model making

Machining

Ultimaker 3D printers

Iterations 1/part Iterations 1/part Iterations 10/parts
Costs (incl. initial outlay, materials) $3,000/part Costs (incl. initial outlay, materials) $500/part Costs (incl. initial outlay, materials) $15-$17/part
Delivery time 40 hrs/part Delivery time 3-4 weeks Delivery time 12-24 hrs/part
Post-processing* (sanding, painting, finishing, rework, installation) 5-8 hrs/part Post-processing* (sanding, painting, finishing, rework, installation) 4-7 hrs/part Post-processing* (sanding, painting, finishing, rework, installation) 6-9 hrs/part

* Post-processing is an important stage in the production process as the parts are used as final components on the cars.

Results

Multiple iterations

Multiple iterations

3D printing has it made it ten times more affordable to produce numerous test iterations of a custom part compared to traditional model making methods.

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Cost savings

Cost savings

Tucci Hot Rods estimate they save about $500 per part using 3D printing methods instead of using machine-made, aftermarket solutions.

3D printing concept models
Time savings

Time savings

Productivity and speed have increased three-fold because the Ultimaker 3D printer eliminates the time and effort required to create prototypes and test materials.

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Flexibility

Flexibility

In the car modification business, 3D printing creates flexibility which in turn, enables the design teams to be more creative and produce a higher-quality product.

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