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Printing parts seems to be an easy process when the manufacturer has all the tools (hardware, software and materials) or when he is given access to them. However, understanding what is happening inside the 3D printing process is not that easy. As a matter of fact, additive manufacturing involves a wide range of complex variables that need to be controlled in order to achieve a suitable level of accuracy and lightweighting in printed parts.
This quest for lightweighting is prompting a new way of thinking about design and involves technologies such as artificial intelligence that generate multiple design solutions for the automotive industry.
Techniplas, a supplier to BMW, Daimler, Ford, and Fiat, has been combining 3D printing and AI to make parts up to 47% lighter. Using illustrations from the company’s own experience, Techniplas Digital CEO Avi Reichental , demystifies the complexity of AI in manufacturing processes.