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In a joint development project known as 3i-PRINT, Altair, APWORKS, csi entwicklungstechnik, EOS, GERG, and Heraeus have used the front-end structure of a classic VW Caddy to demonstrate the full potential of industrial 3D printing in the automotive industry.

VW Caddy fitted with 3d printed front endThe 3i-PRINT project was set up to act as an agile engineering platform for research and development and to realise innovative prototype concepts. The idea is premised on the use of new development tools and methods, including industrial 3D printing. The project's goal is to demonstrate and fully exploit the potential of state-of-the-art manufacturing methods. The 3i-PRINT project is an open platform for collaboration that quickly enables the implementation of new ideas.

In designing a new front-end of the VW Caddy, every development step of the process was covered by the 3i-PRINT team, from design, simulation, optimisation and manufacturing to post production of the part. And from conceptual design to final vehicle, the project was completed in only nine months.

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