3D printing technology has been gaining popularity over the years due to its ability to produce complex shapes and designs that are difficult to manufacture using traditional manufacturing methods. One of the applications of 3D printing technology in the automotive industry is the production of spokes for automobiles.
Spokes are an essential component of wheels, which are critical to the performance and safety of automobiles. Traditionally, spokes have been manufactured using metal casting or forging methods, which can be time-consuming and expensive. However, with 3D printing, spokes can be produced in a matter of hours, significantly reducing production time and costs.
This when we were contacted by team from BITS PILANI. They explained their constraints being light weight , time and cost . However, their foil to adopt aluminum failed as it needs CNC assistance and takes enormous time. This brings a insane edge for 3D printing as we can have choice of material on requirement say maybe thermosetting, flexibility, design complexities.
Then we imported the design file from the client . On taking insights and looking at constraints it was decided to print in PLA ST.
Its tough , robust and perfect for the retaining of shape after applying pressure .
This is a perfect testimonial for edge of additive manufacturing and our expertise in such adventurous problem solving agility. In conclusion, the use of 3D printing technology in the production of spokes for automobiles is an exciting development in the automotive industry. While there are still some limitations to the technology, 3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way automobile wheels are manufactured, providing benefits such as reduced costs, increased customization, and reduced environmental impact.