3D printing is rapidly reaching industrial commercialisation in numerous sectors; IDTechEx forecast that the total market will be worth $22bn by 2028. One of the key features is the design freedom this technology enables where, alongside other functional advantages, a major opportunity is in lightweighting.
Lightweighting is significant in numerous sectors, but obviously one of the main industries with a persisting demand is transportation. Weight reduction can translate to reduced CO2 emissions for internal combustion engines or increased range and reduced upstream costs for new energy vehicles.
A new 3D Printing commercial insight forum is being hosted at the Autodesk facilities in Boston, USA, May 8-9 2019. This event provides expert led sessions giving technical analysis, commercial understanding and market outlooks across key topic areas. Each session will be conducted by an IDTechEx analyst and include a high-profile industrial speaker to give their key findings and opinions.
A session is dedicated to progressions and commercial significance of lightweight designs using 3D Printing. As a leading automotive OEM, Toyota hold a commanding oversight of this industry. As part of this session, their central R&D labs will give a presentation on their progressions in utilising 3D printing and topology optimisation for lightweight designs.
3D Printing for automotive lightweightings: Divergent 3D (Top left, Image Weiss/New Atlas), EDAG Engineering (Top right), Toyota (bottom)
A key consideration in lightweighting is the choice of material be it polymeric, metallic, ceramic, or alternatively a composite or multi-material hybrid configuration. A dedicated session provides an overview of the different materials explored by 3D Printing and these will be assessed and benchmarked for their opportunities in lightweight designs.