TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG) and 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems today announced the joint development of the first to market additive manufacturing (3D printing technology) solution.3D Systems and TMG will integrate their expertise to create advanced 3D printing technologies and materials for high-performance applications in the automotive industry.
Under the terms of the partnership, 3D Systems has been selected by TMG as the “additive manufacturing machine supplier”.As a result, many 3D Systems additive manufacturing machines and their software will be integrated into TMG’s production workflow.“TMG’s facilities will be a showcase for world-class advanced digital manufacturing,” said Andreas Schambach, general manager of TMG’s future production program technology division.
“Our team of experts will complement 3D Systems by developing advanced laser-sintered 3D printing technology and a portfolio of materials with improved performance to meet the demanding demands of motorsport.”
TMG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese multinational automaker Toyota motor corp.TMG conducts motorsport and research and development activities for its parent company and operates as a high performance testing and development facility in cologne.The 30,000 square meter space is equipped with advanced facilities for the design, production, testing and assembly of components and vehicles.In addition to providing professional development and production services to other Toyota companies, TMG also provides solutions to external partners and customers.TMG has demonstrated material expertise and has worked with DSM and the university of Sheffield’s advanced manufacturing research centre (AMRC) to develop new advanced materials solutions.
Now, in a new partnership with 3D Systems, TMG plans to install the Figure 4 Standalone, ProX 800, sPro 60, and sPro 230 3D printers in its factories.In addition to the hardware, TMG is integrating Geomagic Design X software from 3D Systems into its manufacturing ecosystem.Using 3D printing technology from 3D Systems, TMG will develop its “first to market” additive manufacturing solutions, including new laser sintering technology and improved automotive materials.To this end, TMG plans to increase the efficiency of its production process and create lightweight, high-quality parts for various racing projects to gain a competitive advantage.
“I’m excited about the potential of working with TOYOTA Motorsport.”Herbert Koeck, executive vice President of global marketing for 3D Systems, said, “TMG, like us 3D Systems, are leaders in their respective industries, and this collaboration will bring together our collective expertise, curiosity, and desire to provide solutions to new application challenges that will result in new technologies with the ability to redefine the industry.I look forward to the innovation that we will bring to this partnership.”
As part of the partnership, TMG and 3D Systems will appear together at the FIA world endurance championship at silverstone on 30 August and 1 September. The 3D Systems logo will appear on two TOYOTA GAZOO cars.