3D printed automotive interior parts

EOS has supplied two of its M 290 metal 3D printers to Automotive Trim Developments (ATD), a UK-based group of companies that makes interior trim and electro-mechanical assemblies for automotive and other transport industries.

This follows a recent project carried out by the group to develop a visible and lightweight component as part of an electro-mechanical module for a luxury vehicle interior. ATD decided that 3D printing would be required to make a part that could reach the target weight as well as look cosmetically acceptable once highly polished and electroplated in post-processing.

“Metal printing is often wrongly perceived as an immature process, and too expensive for production volumes but for us it has proven ideal,” said Brett Townsend, owner and managing director at ATD.