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3D Printing in the Canadian Automotive Industry

3D Printing in the Canadian Automotive Industry

This IDC study explores the adoption of 3D printing technology, or additive manufacturing, within the Canadian automotive industry. This study discusses the current state of usage of 3D printing in the different phases of automotive manufacturing by presenting examples from automaker Ford USA and OEM parts manufacturer Magna International. The discussion focuses on the apparent benefits of using 3D printing in each production phase, current challenges and considerations for automakers and parts suppliers, and opportunities that adoption of 3D printing technologies can create.

"Adoption of additive manufacturing by the automotive industry is expected to have a significant impact on the Canadian economy and has been identified as integral to the restoration of Canada's manufacturing sector. Automakers can integrate AM into their own supply chain, with low-volume automotive parts manufacturers utilizing the technology, which will help lower production costs, allowing the manufacturers to compete more effectively," said George Bulat, research director, Client Hardware Research at IDC Canada.

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
Introduction
R&D
Production
Aftersales
Additive Manufacturing Technologies Within Automotive
Ford — OEM Automaker
Magna International — OEM Parts Supplier
Conclusion
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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Related Research
Definitions
AM Technologies
Industry Terms
Synopsis
Table: Challenges and Considerations of Use of Additive Manufacturing in Automotive
Figure: Impact of Supporting Components on Additive Manufacturing
Figure: Uses and Benefits of Additive Manufacturing in Different Phases of Manufacture
Figure: Four Major Categories and Benefits of Use of Additive Manufacturing in Automotive
Figure: Current State of Additive Manufacturing Adoption in Automotive

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