Audi adopts full colour Multi-Material 3D Printing 


Audi experienced significant reduction in prototyping lead times for tail light covers, with turnaround times decreasing up to 50% in comparison to traditional methods.

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Ultra-realistic colour, multi-material prototyping accelerates design

Traditional methods, such as moulding and milling, are commonly used to create and replicate tail light covers at Audi. The main challenge with these production techniques are the multi-colored covers of the tail light housing. These individual color parts must be assembled, as they cannot be produced in one-piece. This time-intensive process increases lead times for design verification and subsequently delays time-to-market.

Streamlining the process, the Audi uses the Stratasys’ J750 full-color, multi-material 3D printing. This has enabled the production of entirely transparent, multi-coloured tail light covers in a single print, eliminating the need for its previous multi-step process. With over 500,000 color combinations available, the team 3D prints transparent parts in multiple colors and textures that meet the stringent requirements of the Audi design approval process.

“Using the J750 for the prototyping of tail light covers, we are able to accelerate our design verification process,” continues Spiering. “We estimate time-savings of up to 50 percent by using this 3D print technique in our prototyping process of tail light covers.”

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