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    NAA Member News: 3DGBIRE and Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) Announce Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) Partnership

    3DGBIRE and Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) have announced a new partnership to enable the continued adoption of 3D Printing to enable supercar design and production…

    BAC began its additive manufacturing journey with the launch of the Mono R – a higher-performance, lighter and more advanced new generation of the iconic Mono. Using the combined resources of Application Engineers from 3DGBIRE and Ultimaker, BAC was able to prototype and produce over 40 3D printed parts.

    By 3D printing parts using Ultimaker S5 FFF 3D Printers, BAC has been able to reduce the design-to-manufacture timeframes of complex geometrical components and bring production in house. The versatility of Ultimaker’s Open Source Material Alliance allowed 3DGBIRE to facilitate BAC with DSM industrial grade high-performance polymers to produce bespoke production parts for each vehicle, at a reduced cost.

    “It’s been fantastic, it allows us to create something and have it ready to test in a matter of hours, which is game changing for BAC. We’re already using it in all aspects of production from R&D to prototyping to end use parts. It’s also had a big impact on cost savings for particular parts; for example the cost price of our wing mirrors used to be £60, now we can print them in two parts for just £10 total cost. 3D Printing really has been a revelation for us at BAC.”

    Adam Mughal: Lead 3D Designer – Briggs Automotive Company.

    “This partnership is yet another development in the relationship between the automotive industry and additive manufacturing. The introduction of 3D Printing into the car production process has proven to be beneficial at numerous stages. From R&D and prototyping, to manufacturing aids, to the production of end use parts, 3D printing is saving businesses like BAC money and slashing lead times. This is just the tip of the iceberg, 3D Printing is becoming a prominent force in automotive manufacturing with companies like BAC leading the charge and developing new applications for the technology. We can’t wait to help BAC further integrate 3D Printing into its business and investigate what other doors we can open with regards to manufacturing.” Daniel Abram, General Manager – 3DGBIRE Ltd

    Read the 3DGBIRE/Ultimaker Volkswagen Case Study via this Link

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