Additive Manufacturing company Azoth, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, reports that it has utilised Binder Jetting (BJT) to additively manufacture a part for General Motors. This is said to be the first time BJT has been used on a GM production vehicle.
“Binder Jetting enables quantities at the speeds and quality levels demanded by automotive production,” stated Cody Cochran, Azoth co-founder and General Manager. “We use a disruptive process that is more efficient than other technologies. We can print the prototype of a part every five or six days, while other processes and technology can take three to six months building moulds, retooling and going through multiple suppliers.”
The BJT additively manufactured medallion is used on the manual gear shift stick of the new 2022 Cadillac Blackwing V-series models, which also features additional AM parts developed by General Motors. In a press release issued late last year, Cadillac reported that, by leveraging AM technology, it was able to reduce costs and waste when developing the manual transmission.
Cochran added, “It is exciting to work with a forward-thinking company like GM who understands the benefits that Additive Manufacturing brings to production. I believe this is a breakthrough application for the 3D printing industry and a major win for metal Binder Jetting, proving this is a production ready process.”