General Motors uses a variety of new technologies in its assembly plants, such as robotic arms and 3D printed parts. At the Michigan assembly plant, workers easily process 3D printed parts with the help of a mechanical glove called "roboglove".
3D printing parts save costs on the assembly line
At the Lansing Delta town plant in Michigan, GM is experimenting with 3D printed parts on a large scale. A 3D printer in Lansing Delta town factory can save the factory more than 300000 US dollars in the manufacturing cost of tools and accessories. However, the purchase price of this 3D printer is only about 35000 US dollars. For example, the factory uses 3D printing tools to align the engine and transmission vehicle identification numbers. Buying these tools from third parties will cost the company more than $3000, but using 3D printers to make the same parts costs less than $3.
GM said 3D printers have dozens of uses in factories, including making socket covers, parts, clothes hangers and other ergonomic and safety tools.
We have done a lot of work for many different applications, including the production of auxiliary equipment, graphene tools and prototypes for operators, "said the head of Zane Meike additive manufacturing plant. 3D printing components are made of various powders, including nylon injected with carbon fiber.