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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