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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH & 3D Systems to develop First-to-Market Additive Manufacturing Solutions for Automotive Sector

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TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH names 3D Systems “Additive Manufacturing Machine Provider of Choice”
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Above: TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH and 3D Systems to develop AM solutions for automotive industry/Image Credit: Toyota Motorsport GmbH

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH (TMG), a subsidiary of TOYOTA Motor Corporation, entered into a partnership with 3D Systems, to revolutionise the additive manufacturing solutions offered for the automotive sector. As part of this partnership, TMG named 3D Systems “Additive Manufacturing Machine Provider of Choice”. 

The partnership aims to develop first-to-market manufacturing solutions which includes additive manufacturing systems, AM materials and the AM software. This is set to rapidly change the way automobiles are designed and manufactured worldwide.

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Above: Vehicle testing at the TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH testing facility/Image Credit: Toyota Motorsport GmbH

The collaboration intends to leverage TMG’s world-class advanced digital manufacturing capabilities & expertise and its high-performance testing and development facility located in Cologne, Germany clubbed with 3D Systems’ pioneering expertise in 3D printing, materials and systems and its experience in the automotive industry where its solutions are deployed globally for track cars and road cars.

Commenting on the partnership, Andreas Schambach, project general manager future production technology, TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH, said, “In motorsport, we know that being first is what counts and we bring this same attitude to our entire business. We are on the cutting-edge of motorsport and want to partner with companies that are leading the way so TOYOTA can maintain its advantage. TMG has chosen 3D Systems for this partnership because they share our pioneering spirit – exhibited by the fact that they introduced the world to 3D printing. We see the unparalleled potential of combining 3D Systems’ expertise and know-how with that of TMG to create technologies and define new additive manufacturing innovations in the automotive industry.”

He added, “TMG’s facility will become a showcase for world-class advanced digital manufacturing. Our team of experts will complement that of 3D Systems’, to develop advanced laser sintering technologies, and a portfolio of materials with improved properties to meet the rigorous demands of motorsport. We intend to use these new technologies to more quickly and efficiently create light-weight, high quality production parts for our motorsport projects, leading to competitive advantage.”

Motorsport is considered to be the world’s toughest and most competitive industries and the collaboration aims to target this sector through its first-to-market additive manufacturing solutions to drive success.

According to Herbert Koeck, EVP, global go to market, 3D Systems, “I am inspired by the potential of our collaboration with TOYOTA Motorsport. TMG is a known leader in their industry as 3D Systems is in ours. Bringing together our collective expertise, curiosity, and desire to bring solutions to new applications challenges will yield first-to-market technologies that have the power to redefine an industry. I look forward to the innovation we’ll bring to fruition over the course of this partnership.”

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH and 3D Systems are present at the ongoing FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone, UK.


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