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Techniplas, a leading global design and manufacturing provider of automotive products and services, today announced the opening of its Additive Manufacturing Center in Ventura, California.
Operated by Techniplas Digital, the company’s digital-innovation and transformation unit, the new facility brings together the latest in generative design and lightweighting technology with advanced 3D-printing capabilities. The Additive Manufacturing Center will deliver lighter and stronger parts, as well as cognitive assemblies, for the benefit of its global automotive clients.
“Everyone from our customers to their customers will directly benefit from the capabilities in our new facility,” said George Votis, founder and chairman, Techniplas. “The automotive industry is being disrupted and redefined at lightning speed, and we are putting in the capabilities which will place us well ahead of the curve to better serve our customers and to bring new engineered products to market even faster.”
The new facility is already equipped with a dozen 3D printers including DMLS, FDM and SLA printers that are used in support of the company’s digital transformation. Techniplas Digital plans to bring another 20 new high-speed 3D printers on line before the end of this year. As one of its first customer-centric initiatives, Techniplas Digital is using advanced additive-metal techniques to rapidly deploy hybrid tooling using 3D-printed materials. Hybrid tooling is the combination of traditional tool and mold bases with modular plugin inserts that are 3D printed for shorter production runs and greater manufacturing flexibility.