3D Systems (Rock Hill, SC) and Toyota Motorsport (TMG; Cologne, Germany—a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation) have entered a partnership to develop additive manufacturing solutions, including 3D printers, materials, and software, to change automotive design and production.
Together, the two companies will demonstrate how their additive manufacturing solutions drive success in motorsport, which is recognized as one of the most demanding and competitive industries in the world.
"TMG's facility will become a showcase for world-class advanced digital manufacturing," says Andreas Schambach, project general manager, future production technology at TMG. "Our team of experts will complement that of 3D Systems', to develop advanced laser sintering technologies, and a portfolio of materials with improved properties to meet the rigorous demands of motorsport. We intend to use these new technologies to more quickly and efficiently create lightweight, high-quality production parts for our motorsport projects."
3D Systems' additive manufacturing solutions are already in use worldwide for track cars and road cars. TMG plans to incorporate 3D Systems' Figure 4 Standalone, ProX 800, sPro 60, and sPro 230 3D printers, as well as the Geomagic Design X software, into its manufacturing workflow.