Research institutes the Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC) and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), both based in the UK, have partnered to reduce the weight of vehicle components through 3D printing.

The organizations reportedly want to make lightweight, recyclable and sustainable components and manufacturing to improve vehicle energy efficiency and minimize whole lifecycle emissions. Plans are to focus on mobility, transport, aerospace and smaller vehicle sectors.

The partnership will cover the whole process, including lab validation of technology, prototype demonstration, completed design, production and commercialization, the centers say.

“This new, extended partnership between us and the MTC will further our aim of addressing critical challenges within the mobility and transport sectors, leveraging the numerous and exciting benefits of AM to deliver better components and more efficient vehicles,” said Kieron Salter, CEO of the DMC.