Volkswagen Pilot Testing 3D Printed Parts for Classic Cars

The Volkswagen Group announced a new pilot project in collaboration with the Department of Development and Technological Planning at Volkswagen AG to produce the first sellable spare Volkswagen part exclusively using 3D printing. Many classic cars risk facing obsolescence due to irreplaceable and rapidly aging parts. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find and replace those parts, even for the original manufacturers themselves. A Purchasing Manager for classic Volkswagen parts explained the solution is to be found in 3D printing, a technology which he says opens a wide range of new possibilities. “3D printing in the Volkswagen Group has been used so far only in the areas of prototype and equipment construction. Now we want to apply this internal know-how to the production of spare parts,” Tobias Pape said. Source: Inside 3D Printing News