Kumar, P., Kinthala, N., Mohan, S., and Bornare, H., "3D Printing Technique, An Effective Solution for Robust and Reliable Engineering of Trims," SAE Technical Paper 2017-28-1966, 2017.
3D Printing is a revolutionizing technology extensively used in automotive and aerospace industries. It is an additive layer manufacturing process by which a scale model is quickly fabricated from CAD data in just a matter of hours. In Automotive trims, 3D Printing technology is a boon. It is used: To simulate the ‘tooled up/production part’ in terms of assembly, defined function, limited CMF and fit & finish.To evaluate and capture early feedback from top management with respect to aesthetic, design, etc.For early prediction and plan of action towards improvement for craftsmanship.To reduce design iterations, interface concerns, product lifecycle time and cost.In this paper, we will discuss on the technical aspects of how the trims 3D printed models have been effectively put to use. We have covered case studies under door trims, floor console, tail gate trim, glove box latch, molded spare wheel cover, Instrumental panel duct and bumper mask-painting template.