Fiat Chrysler Demos its 3D Printing Skills with the Alfa Giulia
FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) illustrates at the World Expo in Milan how the additive manifacturing – a technique that allows to create prototypes using 3D printing – helped revolutionize the automotive industry, and to do that it chooses a particular location: the Cluster Cocoa and Chocolate.
With the new 3D technology greater care for the environment and a shorter time for replacement parts.
Nel corso dell’evento i rappresentanti di FCA hanno illustrato come e dove la tecnologia dell’Additive Manufacturing viene attualmente utilizzata nelle varie fasi di design, progettazione e produzione. Interessante scoprire che la FCA, è da oltre due decenni, che fa sul serio nel campo dell’automotive, servendosi delle stampanti SLA, SLS, binder jetting, FDM ed altri tipi di stampanti 3D che possiedono già “in-house”.
Designers explained and described how this technology has been used in the automotive sector, taking as example the realization of some components of the new Alfa Giulia, introduced to the public at the 66th Frankfurt Motor Show. In fact, with this innovative technology, it is possible to run test in a shorter time than before. And create several design solutions in such a quick way that was unthinkable just few years ago, to offer the customer more and more advanced products. If until yesterday, the design had to be adapted to traditional technologies, today with the Additive Manufacturing these constraints are gone: the only limit is the imagination of the designer.
For all the Alfa Romeo enthusiasts, the car design has a crucial importance. The new Giulia will be extremely powerful in terms of performance, ready to compete with brands such as BMW and Audi. One of the features that gives the Alfa Romeo its looks typically aggressive and elegant, is the front grid, “described as the ultimate expression of Alfa Romeo’s spirit”. The grid is the element on which the AM team has specifically focused on.
During the event, Luigi Rizzi (EMEA Product Development CAD/CAM Additive Manufacturing Manager) revealed the extent to which FIAT, now Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is implementing the automotive industry and that they were the first in Italy to buy a stereolithographic 3D printer.
Roberta Sampieri (EMEA Product Development CAD/CAM Additive Manufacturing Specialist) explains that this particular project can be considered as an “icon of speed and power produced by the fastest available technology“. Many are the advantages of this innovative technology, including a faster testing phase to evaluate the different project solutions, unthinkable just a few years ago, bypassing the longest and most expensive processes. The benefits are not just about timing and quality, but also have interesting implications on the sustainability front. The use of 3D printing significantly reduces the environmental impact of prototyping, as it allow to use less raw material and to reduce CO2 emissions.
The event took place at “Eurochocolate” stand. Fiat Chrysler combinined the technologies of the automotive industry with the experimental 3D printing applications in the food industry. On this occasion, the automaker used its 3D printers – the same with which, for example, was made the radiator grille of Alfa Romeo Giulia in the Prototypes Product Development excellence center of Turin – to create a “cabossa”, the fruit of the cacao tree, and the Eurochocolate, Official Cluster, and Conpait – Confederation of Italian Confectioners – logos. The three items were then used by the pastry chef Federico Anzellotti, president of Conpait, to decorate three cakes prepared during the event.
Always with the 3D printer technique, Anzellotti ventured into decorating a one-to-ten scale model of a Fiat 500X, produced by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, for the occasion covered with chocolate. “The innovative technology we speak about today at Expo helps us to compete in the market but is also an interesting exercise of sustainability”, explained Laura Viada, sustainability manager at FCA.
Original article written by Davide Sher and published on 3dprintingindustry.com.