Continental accelerates towards agile auto production with 3D printing

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Though it may best be known for its tires, Continental AG has its fingers in many pies in the automotive sector, including part production, connectivity, automated driving and mobility services. These business areas are tackled by the company’s Continental Engineering Services (CES) division, which has been a keen adopter of additive manufacturing in recent years.
Today, Continental has an entire Additive Design and Manufacturing (ADaM) Competence Center that produces sample parts for customers, as well as mechanical parts and series production of metal or plastic components. One of the center’s most productive systems is a Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D printer, which makes all manner of things, from prototypes, to jigs and fixtures, to end-use parts, and is compatible with ESD-compliant materials.
A 3D printed X-ray guide made from ULTEM 9085 resin used to ensure automotive sensors are kept in place during production.
“We carefully select additive manufacturing technologies in our Competence Center according to their high-performance capabilities, so that we can undertake the widest range of applications possible,” said Stefan Kammann, Head of Samples and Mechanical Solutions at Continental Engineering Services. “The Fortus 450mc is a great addition to our portfolio, as it enables us to access highly specialized …

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