Category: Automotive

Automotive

The constant development in the automotive market requires a close eye on consumer behavior and on which innovative approaches can enable OEMs to tap into opportunities. Difficulties in making long-term connections with end customers, new trends in mobility such as changes in car ownership, and the importance of sustainability are noticeable shifts in consumer behavior. [...]
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Consumers are searching for a personal experience now that the options for mobility are numerous. Depending on their lifestyle, ownership has a different meaning for every individual. How do OEMs respond to the tendency of unique driving experiences for every end-customer while also standing out amongst the competition? That is why it is becoming more urgent than ever for OEMs to find the [...]
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Digital manufacturing is a real game-changer for bringing spare parts to market in a sustainable way. It even solves the crucial problem of creating spare parts which are not available anymore for classic machinery. 3D printing and digitalized workflows put classical old-timers back safely on the road.   The 1954 Austin Healey which got revived [...]
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Pushing the boundaries of mass customization: customized car parts

[vc_row el_class="boxed-narrow"][vc_column][vc_empty_space height="64px"][vc_column_text] <h5><span data-contrast="auto">The introduction of additive manufacturing and customization in the automotive sector is a game-changer. It provides the opportunity for innovation by adding personalization to a vehicle experience and, by this means, improve customer satisfaction. Automotive manufacturers can add value to their high-end products through customization and 3D printing.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5> <h5><span data-contrast="auto">Twikit</span><span data-contrast="auto"> pushes the boundaries of mass customization, and the proprietary </span><span data-contrast="auto">TwikBot</span><span data-contrast="auto"> technology opens the door to limitless possibilities for automotive and other industries.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5> <span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Unlock the potential of personalization</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">To enable the benefits of car part personalization based on digital manufacturing, customization software is vital. The automotive industry can enter into a new level of mass customization of car parts through the proprietary </span><span data-contrast="auto">TwikBot</span><span data-contrast="auto"> software. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <img class="size-large wp-image-4253 aligncenter" src="https://www.twikit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Twikit_velgV2-34-1024x684.png" alt="Twikit car wheel customization" width="848" height="566" /> <span data-contrast="auto">TwikBot</span><span data-contrast="auto"> is an end-to-end cloud-based kernel that integrates seamlessly into any business model and allows for 3D printed, highly customized </span><span data-contrast="auto">p</span><span data-contrast="auto">ieces </span><span data-contrast="auto">created through a unique product personalization experience. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Twikit’s</span><span data-contrast="auto"> software enables the end-customer to personalize </span><span data-contrast="auto">parts and products</span><span data-contrast="auto"> resulting in unique vehicles to </span><span data-contrast="auto">an </span><span data-contrast="auto">individual’s</span><span data-contrast="auto"> lifestyle and aesthetic preference. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">A one-of-a-kind vehicle</span> <span data-contrast="auto">is </span><span data-contrast="auto">created by personalizing interior parts and external design features, which is possible thanks to mass customization software and 3D printing technologies. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Car configurators are set-up as virtual showrooms where products are completely customizable. </span><span data-contrast="auto">The end-customer visualizes their self-designed part, and when ordered, the production file is automatically sent to the right production facility</span><span data-contrast="auto"> through the </span><span data-contrast="auto">Twikit</span><span data-contrast="auto"> Live platform</span><span data-contrast="auto">. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Case: 3D printed customized aerodynamic wheel blades</h5> <span class="TextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4">To make the </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4">use</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4">case</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW179984268 BCX4"> of 3D printed customized car parts through an end-to-end digital workflow real, we focused on an exterior aspect of car design. Wheel blades are the most impactful visual statement and set the mood for the drive. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW179984268 BCX4" data-ccp-props="{}"> </span>[/vc_column_text][vc_video link="https://vimeo.com/528345221" align="center" css_animation="fadeIn"][vc_column_text]<span data-contrast="auto">3D printed customized car parts bring a lot more to the table for car brands than on-demand and digital manufactur</span><span data-contrast="auto">ing</span><span data-contrast="auto">, which ensures an automated process. These concepts, such as thoroughly designed and customized wheel blades, improve a vehicle's performance without losing sight of efficient production processes, creative possibilities, and high-end aesthetics.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>A seamless, digital and automated workflow</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">Using 3D printing as </span><span data-contrast="auto">a </span><span data-contrast="auto">manufacturing method </span><span data-contrast="auto">facilitates </span><span data-contrast="auto">a </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">shorter production time</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> and allows for </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">faster iterations</span></b><span data-contrast="auto">.</span> <span data-contrast="auto">It enables </span><span data-contrast="auto">personalization</span> <span data-contrast="auto">through </span><span data-contrast="auto">a</span><span data-contrast="auto"> digital manufacturing workflow </span><span data-contrast="auto">powered by </span><span data-contrast="auto">TwikBot</span> <span data-contrast="auto">that allows on-demand</span><span data-contrast="auto">, high-volume </span><span data-contrast="auto">production. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Because the complete chain from configuration to the connection with manufacturing is digital, the mass customization operation is </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">automized</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> and easy to integrate in</span><span data-contrast="auto">to</span><span data-contrast="auto"> any business model</span><span data-contrast="auto">. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">More is possible </span><span data-contrast="auto">with mass customization of car parts. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Brands can add a new dimension to their product</span> <span data-contrast="auto">and </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">increase the </span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">value </span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">of </span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">a luxury product</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> through an improved </span><span data-contrast="auto">and personalized </span><span data-contrast="auto">customer experience.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Additive manufacturing: optimized design and improved performance</h5> <span data-contrast="auto">Additive manufacturing allows the use of adapted materials for automotive parts that guarantee the same mechanical properties as with traditional manufacturing. This means that the quality is high-caliber while production is faster and more flexible.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">The plastics (or metals) used for 3D printing are </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">high-performance materials</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> suitable for car parts and enable </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">lighter structures</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> thanks to the materials' composition. Also, the creative freedom that 3D models free up allows for </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">innovative designs</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> such as lattices, decreasing the amount of material used and the part's weight.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <img class="size-full wp-image-4255 aligncenter" src="https://www.twikit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Twikit_car_wheel_customization.jpg" alt="Twikit car wheel customization" width="998" height="380" /> <p style="text-align: center;"><i><span data-contrast="auto">The car wheel blades designed by Studio </span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto">Twikit</span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto"> are 3D printed in PA12 material on an HP Multi Jet Fusion. When printed, the blades are </span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto">vaporfused</span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto">, </span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto">sprayed with car </span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto">pain</span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto">t,</span></i><i><span data-contrast="auto"> and a protective layer of varnish. </span></i><span data-contrast="auto"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></p> <span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">Because 3D printing allows an automotive manufacturer to construct lighter vehicles, the end-customer can enjoy a more </span></span><strong><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">sustainable</span></span></strong><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4"> transport means. A lightweight car consumes less fuel or electricity</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4"> which is important for electric car manufacturers working on battery autonomy</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">.</span></span> <span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">T</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">hanks to the creative freedom that additive manufacturing provides, aerodynamic designs help further </span></span><strong><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">improve the car’s performance</span></span></strong><span class="TextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW268336616 BCX4">.</span></span><span class="EOP SCXW268336616 BCX4" data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5>Each car made unique and personal</h5> <span data-contrast="auto"><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4">Because complex patterns and open structures are easy to customize, car parts </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4">a</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4">chieve a</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4"> different look when only a few parameters are changed. Additive manufacturing allows for </span></span><strong><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4">endless personalization possibilities</span></span></strong><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4"> and design freedom for both car producers and end-customers. </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4" lang="EN-GB" xml:lang="EN-GB" data-contrast="auto"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW186478112 BCX4">Each car can be unique and personal with customization integrated into the workflow. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW186478112 BCX4" data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <img class="size-large wp-image-4259 aligncenter" src="https://www.twikit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Twikit_velg-49_reverse-1024x540.png" alt="Twikit car customization" width="848" height="447" /> <span data-contrast="auto">The </span><b><span data-contrast="auto">high-end aesthetic</span></b><span data-contrast="auto"> is achieved by finishing techniques such as coating, dyeing, </span><span data-contrast="auto">vaporfusing</span><span data-contrast="auto">, painting, or even 2D printing directly on the part. Thanks to the finishes, 3D-printed car parts blend in with the rest of the vehicle's design, ensuring the components are coherent with the car brand's </span><span data-contrast="auto">vision and aesthetic</span><span data-contrast="auto">.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">Twikit</span><span data-contrast="auto"> technology does prevent parts from being over-modified with its customization software through pre-defined options. Because strength and performance are essential for automotive parts, every component (including the customization options) is assessed for its strength and durability.</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <h5><b><span data-contrast="auto">The end-to-end software solution for customized car parts </span></b><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h5> <span data-contrast="auto">Personalization and additive manufacturing for automotive can provide end-customers with a car perfectly adjusted to their lifestyle and taste. Do you prefer urban chic, or are you more of a racing fanatic? The customization possibilities are </span><span data-contrast="auto">infinite </span><span data-contrast="auto">with the right software and digital manufacturing flow. 3D printed customized car parts enable a new strategic route for automotive manufacturers and allow them to rise above competitors with a sharp focus on customer experience.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">The production also benefits significantly from introducing 3D printing as a manufacturing technology. The automized digital production flow enables light-weight parts that ultimately enhance the car’s performance. In combination with the freedom to apply complex structures, such as lattices, 3D printing makes a sustainable car of the future with a high-end aesthetic possible.  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <b><span data-contrast="auto">Twikit</span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto"> pushes the boundaries of mass customization and solves the big problem of personalization in the automotive industry with a cloud-based, end-to-end software solution.</span></b><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span> <img class="size-large wp-image-4261 aligncenter" src="https://www.twikit.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Twikit_velg-56-1024x420.png" alt="Twikit car customization" width="848" height="348" />     <span data-contrast="auto">Do you want to capture the value of on-demand digitally manufactured, personalized products?  </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span><a href="https://www.twikit.com/contact/"><strong>Get in touch with us.</strong></a><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span>[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="boxed"][vc_column css_animation="fadeIn"][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5" css=".vc_custom_1590501898363{padding-left: 30px !important;}"][twkt_button text="Go back to overview" link="url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.twikit.com%2Fcompany%2Fnewsroom%2F|title:Newsroom||"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/5"][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_empty_space height="64"][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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Twikit has always been looking for ways to improve efficiency and productivity. Giving flexibility and responsibility to its employees, by offering homeworking possibilities, is one of its ways to do so. The quick upcoming of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that Belgian companies had to close their doors, only intensified this. For Twikit’s 35 [...]
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Twikit has always taken great importance in offering an end-to-end solution to its customers. The ability to support brands from day 1 with their exploration of product customization and new digital manufacturing technologies like 3D printing is one of the core values of Twikit. To strengthen this philosophy, a new proposition was launched early this year: Studio Twikit.  Studio Twikit, as a part of Twikit, supports leading brands with design engineering and consultancy for product customization and digital manufacturing like 3D printing. Through product [...]
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Leather has been used for centuries for a wide variety of products (luxury goods, furniture, high-end sports equipment and car interiors). Leather is a versatile material that allows manufacturers to produce creative products with a luxurious finish. 3D-printing and digital manufacturing techniques can bring those products to an even higher level with personalization.   Twikit developed a software solution to reach this level of personalization and makes [...]
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Automotive manufacturing is facing its biggest reinvention since Henry Ford's T-model. Electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving are today's main areas of innovation, but should not be considered as isolated domains. How will the shift to the new automotive era look like with innovative manufacturing techniques? Reinventing the automotive industry requires a holistic approach to create new value for customers and professional users. Innovative technologies and renewed [...]
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The automotive industry continues to face new challenges. New design trends, shorter time-to-market, and higher customer requirements made car manufacturers rethink their processes. A change in philosophy that welcomes Additive Manufacturing techniques into the industry.   When 3D-printing for end parts was introduced into the automotive industry, aesthetically pleasing car parts were the focus for designers and product managers. However, there was still a lack of [...]
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