3D Printing in Auto Repair Task Force
IBIS Global has facilitated a platform in collaboration with its supporting partners to launch a Automotive focused 3D Printing Task Force. The task force will evaluate how 3D printed auto parts can be used to assist in the collision and automotive repair sector in a safe and regulated environment.
The task force will conduct extensive research into the use of 3D printing in automotive and collision repair, looking at factors such as cost-effectiveness, speed of production, quality control, and safety considerations.
The goal of the task force is to identify opportunities for using 3D printing to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of automotive repair. This could include using 3D printing to create replacement parts, tools, and other components, as well as using the technology to improve the design and manufacturing of existing parts.
The task force will collaborate with leading 3D printing experts and manufacturers to identify best practices and share knowledge and expertise. They will also work with industry associations and regulators to ensure that any new technology and practices meet OEM safety and regulatory requirements. Training will form another key element, working with automotive based training bodies to get the industry and the workforce upskilled and ready for the 3d printing evolution.
Harold Sears has been named as the Task Force lead who brings over 30 years of 3D printing and additive manufacturing experience as a consultant and previously driving Fords revolutionary 3D Printing Division for over 2 decades.
The formation of the task force marks an exciting new chapter in the evolution of the automotive repair industry.
With 3D printing technology rapidly advancing, the task force is confident that it can identify new and innovative ways to use this technology to improve repair services and better serve customers.
Task Force Action
- Undertake research and testing on current 3D printing repair parts & performance
- Validate suitable “OEM grade” plastic material and testing process
- Highlight issues on non-compliant 3D parts suppliers in the current market & explore resolution
- Collaborate with industry-leading providers in 3D print & related technology or supply
- Work with industry bodies such as IBIS to inform and update the market on developments
- Map out a regulated supply chain for “certified” 3D-printed automotive repair parts
- Align with training bodies such as Thatcham / I-CAR to educate and prepare the industry for 3D printing
- Shape a regulated and transparent solution for printing 3D auto parts for collision repairs