3D Printing to Aid Auto Repair
March 15, 2019—A 3D print project between Swinburne University of Technology, Tradiebot Industires, and AMA Group could bring a new development to the production of automotive parts. According to the 3D Printing Industry, the collaboration is part of the 'Repairbot' project backed by the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.
The end goal for the partnership is to develop automated, 3D printed repair service for cars, according to the 3D Printing Industry publication. The project would ideally create low-cost repair service and be used with same-day repairs.
“The Repairbot project is a great example of industry and research collaboration. The researchers at Swinburne have wholeheartedly embraced Tradiebot’s idea of developing a technology-driven solution that will automate the repair service for automotive plastic parts,” David Chuter, chief executive officer and managing director of IMCRC said to the 3D Printing Industry.
Currently, a lug was created by the robotics team at Swinburne, led by Dr. Mats Isaksson, the 3D Printing Industry reports.
"The truly cross-disciplinary nature of this project has made it possible to develop new materials and methodologies hand-in-hand with the novel robotic solutions," Dr. Isaksson said to the 3D Printing Industry.
Car manufacturers such as Lamborghini have utilized 3D printing, the publication reports. Ford has also printed parts for the upcoming Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 to save cost.