Honda leverages 3D printing to improve efficiency

|August 6, 2015 0
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BANGALORE, INDIA: Honda Access is leveraging 3D printing technology to gain competitive advantage.

The auto major is developing car accessories prototyped by Stratasys 3D printing system, thereby improving development schedule of automotive and car accessories; resulting in improved efficiencies.

Headquartered in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, Honda Access manufactures accessories for Honda’s cars, motorcycles and other items globally, designing up to 300 accessories for each model.

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To maximize customization efficiency, the company opted for a Stratasys Objet Eden500V 3D printer with the objective to accelerate the product development cycle, substituting the CNC machines.

“Producing prototype parts by CNC machines entailed excessive effort and cost, full-time operators are required to monitor the production on-site. 3D printing speeds up the prototyping process, it allows us to test and modify the design rapidly and cost-effectively. The development of accessories is accelerated which can synchronize with that of the vehicle itself,” commented Hiroshi Takemori, Senior Researcher, Product Planning Department, Design Group.

“Honda Access is a perfect example of how 3D printing is an enabler for businesses looking to gain competitive advantage through streamlining of manufacturing processes,” said Hiroaki Katayama, President and CEO, Stratasys Japan.

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