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SOLIZE and HP to Develop 3D Printed Replacement Parts for NISMO Heritage Parts Program

NISMO Heritage Parts Program
3D Printed Replacement Parts
Above: R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R/Image Source: Nissan

SOLIZE Corporation, a leader in digital engineering technology, and HP Inc., one of the global leaders in the 3D printing industry, announced the joint development and on-demand 3D printing of replacement parts for Nissan’s NISMO Heritage Parts program. The two companies are the first to design and manufacture 3D printed replacement parts for NISMO enthusiasts.

After working with Nissan to identify ideal parts for 3D printing, SOLIZE then partnered with HP to optimize high-quality commercial parts and take advantage of the advanced capabilities provided by HP’s Multi Jet Fusion platform for 3D printing replacement parts for Nismo. The first part identified for restoration using 3D printing is a polymer part of the harness protector for the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R. The part is produced using HP High Reusability PA 11 which provides high mechanical properties and design flexibility.

Speaking about being a part of Nissan’s NISMO Heritage Parts program, Yasutoshi Kudo, President & CEO of SOLIZE Corporation said, “SOLIZE has more than 30 years of experience and has honed its technology since it first deployed 3D printers in Japan. We have jointly developed 3D printing technology with Nissan for commercial parts that have been discontinued and take charge of manufacturing the parts. With HP’s market leading 3D printing technology, we are able to support industries including automotive with sustainable production that delivers fast, high-quality and cost-effective results.”

3D Printed Replacement Parts

To facilitate repairs and parts replacement, automobile manufacturers are required to provide replacement parts for their products over extended periods of time. Producing or storing parts for vehicles that have been discontinued, upgraded, or overhauled can be challenging and expensive as manufacturers must retain moulds and manage inventory storage and logistics.

Digital manufacturing and 3D printing enable flexible design and just-in-time 3D production for virtual inventory that meets the demand for complex parts while reducing costs. In addition, sustainable on-demand 3D printing contributes to the reduction of industrial waste and carbon dioxide emissions throughout the product life cycle.

Jon Wayne, Head of Global Commercial Business for 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing, HP Inc. shared, “We are seeing leaders of industry like Nissan recognize the massive cost implications of storage, moulds and logistics for replacement parts and how industrial 3D printing can help. Digital manufacturing is a viable, long-term solution for accelerating production, transforming supply chains and activating industries such as automotive. Together with SOLIZE we are focused on helping businesses transform their manufacturing with sustainable, digital production.”

NISMO Heritage Parts Program

In response to the expansion of the global heritage market and the increasing demand from customers for support parts and maintenance, Nissan is continually looking to evolve its NISMO Heritage Parts. Sales of NISMO Heritage Parts began in December 2017, providing customer support, maintenance, and restoration options for Nissan Heritage cars no longer in production. To help Nissan meet the needs of its customers, SOLIZE and HP will support the development of 3D printed replacement parts for the Skyline GT-R R32/R33/R34.

Kent O’Hara, Senior Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. said, “Our Heritage customers are the most passionate car enthusiasts in the world, and we are dedicated to ensuring they can enjoy their cars as long as possible. We are excited that SOLIZE and HP can help us please our customers and achieve our goals in a sustainable way.”

About SOLIZE: SOLIZE has been a leader in digital engineering technology since the dawn of 3D CAD in the 1990s, when it started rapid prototyping and 3D modelling using 3D printers, as well as 3D CAD engineer education and 3D CAD engineering services.


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