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Automotive Trim Developments acquires two EOS M 290 metal 3D printers

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Automotive Trim Developments (ATD)a group of companies focused on the engineering and manufacturing of complete interior trim and electromechanical assemblies for the automotive industry and other transport industries, has installed two EOS M 290 metal 3D printers.

The new industrial 3D printers mark a step change in ATD’s continued evolution and commitment to the highest engineering and manufacturing standards. Building on its extensive CNC manufacturing experience, ATD has now embraced new additive manufacturing processes, with EOS supports you every step of the way for a rapid transition to active production.

Automotive Trim Developments Range Rover interior

During the engineering phase of developing an electromechanical module for the interior of a luxury vehicle, ATD faced an engineering challenge with a particular component. The physically large and complex component was highly visible, but also lightweight, and it became clear that the only way to manufacture the component would be through additive manufacturing. Adopting this approach would allow ATD to achieve the target weight while ensuring a high quality component that is both aesthetic and functional once polished and electroplated in post-processing.

Automotive Trim Developments acquires two EOS M 290 metal 3D printers. For automotive interior trim and electromechanical components
EOS M 290 Printer

Additive manufacturing was an entirely new process for ATD, but by working with the team at EOS Additive Minds, they were able to implement a complete turnkey solution, which not only covered training, installation and configuration EOS M 290 machines, but all aspects of the experience. a transformation on the production floor. This included a production business case, floor layout, health and safety procedures, maintenance regimes and advice on quality requirements for certified components. Additive Minds provided consultative support on the development of prototype parts, with machines pre-programmed prior to on-site installation by EOS – ready to run immediately, as a complete turnkey solution.

“Metallic printing is often misunderstood as an immature process and too expensive for production volumes, but for us it has proven to be ideal. Our investment in additive manufacturing and EOS is a long-term investment, and a relationship that has already enabled us, quickly, to transition to high-quality production of complex automotive components,” said Brett Townsend, owner and managing director of ‘ATD.

“Adopting additive manufacturing as a new process opens up new opportunities for manufacturers in exactly the same way as ATD. Our solutions are designed to support manufacturers of all sizes, and our Additive Minds team offers a range of training and consulting services on optimizing, validating and scaling your additive manufacturing, helping you the most out of the machines from day one. We also support companies from all certified sectors facing complex engineering challenges,” concluded Davide Iacovelli, Regional Director EMEA at EOS.