Why Switch to 3D Printing for End-Part Production

Historically, metal components for automobiles were made in foundries or sheet metal stamping facilities. These processes were not suited to small volume production, particularly the one-off designs used in prototype development. Some machinists were able to make individual metal parts using hand tools and basic milling machines, but the speed was limited because of the time and labor involved. Rapid prototype machining has revolutionized the automotive industry by allowing automobile manufacturers to craft high-performance models at a fast pace.