Rock Hills, S.C. - General Motors has adopted 3D Systems Corp.’s selective laser sintering (SLS) and Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printers, enabling designers and engineers from its studios and technical centers to see and touch creations faster via the GM Design Center’s digital manufacturing capabilities.
3D Systems’ 3D printers enable designers to quickly and affordably go from computer models to one-off parts for evaluation and wind-tunnel testing, so more iterations can be tested in a less time. GM engineers and manufacturing personnel use rapid prototype parts to reduce tooling costs and speed up the validation and early build processes.
General Motors, one of the first automotive companies to embrace our solutions, is leveraging 3D printing for rapid prototyping as well as the manufacture of real, end-use parts," says Abe Reichental, CEO and president of 3D Systems. "The opportunity to partner with innovators like GM Design provides tangible customer and marketplace benefits well beyond transportation."
"3D rapid prototyping is enabling designers and engineers at Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac to stretch the creative envelope," says John Green, superintendent, GM Design Fabrication Operations. "We can bring more attractive, functional, and aerodynamic vehicles to market in less time and at lower cost than ever before."