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In yet another example of additive manufacturing in the automotive sector, Chevrolet announced that its 3D printing racing program supported over 80,000 miles of racing. This milestone is indicative of the competitive and manufacturing efficiency derived from AM products. Chevrolet’s announcement pairs with this Network’s recent reporting on Team Penske’s and Oxford Brookes Racing’s implementation of AM parts in their race cars.
Chevrolet’s use of AM in racing is its most flamboyant example of AM parts at work. The company’s racing teams include NASCAR, the International Motor Sports Association competitions, Grand Touring endurance competitions, INDYCAR races, and other North American events. The cars that Chevrolet fields at these events each include 3D printed components—parts that share design and function with General Motors’ more standard vehicles.
The Silverado race truck has three 3D-printed parts made in-house by GM, including the rear damper shields.
General Motors is, of course, Chevrolet’s owner, is widely known to use 3D printed parts in its vehicles’ design and production process. GM’s enthusiasm has filtered into Chevrolet’s production process. Seventy-five percent of the parts used to prototype the 2020 Corvette, for example, were 3D printed. GM has taken the …
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