3D Printed Prototypes Streamline Equipment Introduction
Vauxhall set out to introduce a modified process hanger with a new part that would be used to support each vehicle body throughout the production process. This part is a critical piece and had to perfectly fit both the machinery and the auto body to create correct clearances and avoid damage during production.
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Vauxhall Motors is a British automotive manufacturing and distribution company headquartered in Luton, with more than 4,000 employees.
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- OPERATIONAL IMPACT
Impact #1 [Process Optimization - Procurement]
3D printing allowed Vauxhall to check the accuracy of the CAD design against all vehicle location points on site prior to ordering the cast steel blocks.
Impact #2 [Efficiency Improvement - Quality Assurance]
3D prototyping allows parts to be tested on site to validate that all specifications are met before ordering production.
- QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
Benefit #1 Without 3D printing technology, Vauxhall estimated that implementation would have been delayed for up to 6 months to secure test components. Benefit #2 Testing the 3D printed blocks on site enabled Vauxhall to identify and resolve a problem with the height of the top location pin when automatically loading one of the model variants.