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Not only are the products we sell innovative, the way designers have been using them have unlocked a world of possibilities. Discover new ways to make the most out of your 3D printer or scanner and learn some of the automotive 3D printing applications.

3D Printing in the Automotive Industry

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On-demand spare parts

Spare parts for old cars

Brose are a huge company which supplies consumer goods in over 80 automotive brands. They have recently invested into the Formlabs Fuse 1 as a way to supply consumers with spare parts.

Car manufacturers have a duty to supply consumers with spare cars so that they can continue to use their car for years to come. Doing so is more sustainable, eco-friendly and keeps customers happy.

Traditionally, manufacturers would produce a large amount of spare parts and store them until they are needed (this could be years!)

How Brose have used the Formlabs Fuse 1

Conventional manufacturing processes of car parts is expensive. You must invest in large machinery, which is labour-intensive, requires a lot of space and demands a lot of power.

Due to the high set-up costs and the amount of energy required to implement a certain workflow, manufacturers can not afford to recreate this production solely for spare parts. Therefore, they must produce enough spare parts to last a lifetime.

Instead, Brose have created the clever system of using additive manufacturing to produce spare parts once they are demanded.  On-demand spare parts.


Better Quality

Storing parts for long periods of time can reduce their quality as the parts can be exposed to UV or moisture. Parts being produced with the formlabs Fuse 1 will be made from their advanced material range, the spare part may actually preform better than the original.

No Storage

On-demand production means that there will be no storage costs, no maintenance costs and no risk of the goods being stolen or damaged.

Infinite Parts

Finding parts for classic and older cars is an expensive and tiring process for car owners. Brose have created a system which takes the stress out of looking for spare parts.


The process is more efficient overall. It minimises material use, storage costs and stops over or under producing the spare parts.

3D Scanning and Body Work

3D scanners and 3D printers have the ability to streamline the design process of the body work of automobiles, saving companies £1,000’s of money and reducing the lead time to market.

Innovative Body Work for Motortcycles

How is the process more efficent?

The old process for creating the body work for a motorcycle involved producing an initial model of the shape. Once the designers were happy with the shape, they would have to physically measure the dimensions, reverse engineer the shape and use this dimensions to create a 3D model on CAD.

Taking physical measurements and inputting them into a computer is time consuming and near impossible to achieve a true representation of the part due to the inaccuracy of physical measurements.

Using a peel3d scanner allows you, the designer, to take a physical model and create a accurate 3D CAD model.

3D Printing Industry Review

Technology experts have given this fine scanner glowing reviews:

“It’s not a stretch to say this was one of the most immaculate scans we’ve ever produced at 3D Printing Industry.”

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Explore the endless possibilities

How do professionals use the peel3d scanner?

The Youtube channel ‘Salvage to Savage’ records and publishes a variety of work they do using the peel3d scanner. These are experts who have been in the automotive industry for years.

“If you’re using CNC machinery and more advanced equipment; the peel3d is the bridge that links all these things together. It boosts efficiency and makes your process more accurate”

“peel is the company to hook up with”

Ford's 3D Printed Jigs and Fixtures

Ford upscales their in-house tooling with BigRep 3D Printers

BigRep 3D Printing


Ford Motor Company optimized factory-floor tooling production with a 94% lead time reduction by introducing BigRep large-format additive manufacturing. With over 30 years of experience in additive manufacturing, Ford upscaled their Cologne prototyping facilities with two BigRep additive systems.

After first acquiring a BigRep ONE, Ford returned their investment with just one application. Following such incredible success, Ford expanded their BigRep ONE’s use and eventually needed more additive manufacturing capacity – leading to their next investment in a BigRep PRO!



Brose used formlabs SLS printers to create a on-demand spare parts production


Ford created customised jigs for each of individual car using Ultimaker printers

Air Force

Ultimaker printers created specialised parts and tools for the Netherlands Air Force

Van Amersfoot

Ultimaker allowed Van Amersfoort Racing to create their parts in a short time frame

Nera Motorbike

Nera is the first motorbike that is manufactured by a 3D printer (Bigrep)

SNG Barratt

Learn how Formlabs printers were used to create high quality, end-use parts

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