Nissan uses 3D printing to create prototypes


CATEGORY: New prototypes BRAND: Materialise

The car company is experimenting with new forms of vehicles, a great involvement of manual work that can now be reduced thanks to additive manufacturing.

Thanks to the Materialise software, Nissan engineers have been able to change the whole process of automotive prototyping and make it much more efficient. The time of preparation of the data has been reduced from months to seconds.


Previously, Nissan used CAD software to divide large parts into smaller pieces, which took up to three days to split large parts. Now, using the Materialise Magics software, they are able to reduce data preparation time by 50%.


Another challenge that Nissan has experienced is that when powder sintering is used, there is a risk that the components will bend or bend during the formation due to high temperatures. At present, they can avoid it by creating a support structure. Because the connection between the support and the component can be made extremely thin, the support structure is easy to remove, accelerating further processing.


From a month of work to a few clicks

In addition to dividing large parts, Nissan also used to spend a lot of time configuring the correct wall thickness. When you reduce the size of the 3D model of one of your vehicles, the thickness of the part's wall becomes thinner and thinner, resulting in data that can not be printed. In the past, they manually changed designs in CAD. A task that required, approximately, a month of work. Today, Nissan saves a lot of time by using the Magics software from Materialise that automates these steps.




"Since we started using Materialise Magics, processes such as the automatic correction of data errors, the search for thicknesses by an arbitrary value and the fusion of the data can be done with a single click, drastically reducing the required work time. , by using the wall thickness analysis function, you can visualize the thickness of each part, preventing the thin walls that can not be printed in 3D from being overlooked, and, after selecting an arbitrary area, it is easy change the thickness of that area, this is a function that we use frequently ", comment from Nissan.


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