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Windform 3D Printing customizes the automotive world

News International-French

7 Mar 2016

Sponsored news - How Windform additive manufacturing has changed the vehicle design and transformed into reality customers’ needs

The customization factor has now also become a highly important consideration for the automotive industry. Aesthetics and design go hand in hand with the need to make cars or motorbikes unique and original, shifting the attention of the industry to technologies which allow customization, within time frames which are in line with the requirements of the market.

The features of Windform 3D Printing are found in the potential of these polyamide-based materials, reinforced with carbon fibre or fibre-glass, and their ability to create finished parts and functional prototypes with important mechanical characteristics. In the automotive field, they are used widely not only in the manufacture of structural parts, but also in the realisation of parts with a strong aesthetic impact.

The headlight covers were made using Windform LX 2.0, a polyamide-based material, reinforced in fibre-glass, which is particularly suitable for this type of use due to its non-conductivity. In fact, Windform LX 2.0 has proven itself to be an ideal material for applications which require electrical insulation, reporting a tracking resistance index (Comparative Tracking Index) of CTI 600.

This application also reflects the interest in Windform 3D Printing technology by industrial designers and highlights a new production approach involving the automotive industry, which has to deal with the ever-pressing demand for customization from the market.