New, advanced 3D printer helps manufacturers build better prototypes

Using the SEMA Garage’s new 3D printer, members are able to print functional prototypes in up to nine different materials as large as 16x14x16 in.

Diamond Bar, Calif.—SEMA-member manufacturers now have access to a new, upgraded 3D printer that produces larger and more accurate prototypes than the machine previously available through the SEMA Garage.

Resembling a vending machine that dispenses soft drinks, the new Fortus 450mc is the preeminent model on the market. It features cutting-edge technology and produces physical products (or prototypes) using computer-aided design (CAD) files. Products can be produced as large as 406x355x406 mm (16x14x16 inches) with accuracy within plus or minus .005 inches, in nine standard, engineering and high-performance thermoplastics.

SEMA offers 3D printing at a deeply discounted rate for members, starting at $12 per square inch. The printer will be demonstrated live during the PWA Kickoff Reception taking place at the SEMA Garage, Sunday, Aug. 30. All SEMA-member manufacturers are invited to attend the event, where the renovated SEMA Garage will be unveiled. Attendees will be able to see and learn how the newly upgraded emissions lab, 3D scanner, photo studio and training center are available to help manufacturers develop products faster, more accurately and less expensively.

Parts & People

Parts & People is published monthly by Automotive Counseling and Publishing Company, Inc., a Colorado corporation, P.O. Box 18731 Denver, CO 80203, 303-765-4664. President-Lance Buchner. Founded by Lance Buchner and Dave Lucia.