Assembly tools to facilitate efficient assembly are now being 3D-printed by automaker Opel. A six-strong team led by Virtual Simulation Engineer Sascha Holl prints plastic assembly tools in Rüsselsheim, Germany, which are used in Opel manufacturing plants across Europe.
Cheaper and quicker to produce, these tools are being used at Eisenach for the assembly of the Adam and its new Adam Rocks stable-mate. And this is just the beginning - Opel experts predict the use of tools from a 3D printer will continue to grow. "In the future, more and more 3D assembly tools will be integrated into the production process," says Sascha Holl.