There’s been a lot of hype about 3D printing lately — 3D printed pizza, chocolate, toys, cell phone accessories — even precision manufactured products like hearing aids. With 3D printers falling to under $500 in price, there are predictions that there will soon be one in every home. Well, the world’s 5,000 foremost experts in 3D printing will gather at Detroit’s Cobo Center in June for a global conference.
Whether a futuristic concept like the EN-V or a contemporary family hauler like the GMC Acadia Denali, three-dimensional rapid prototyping accelerates the creative process for General Motors and reduces the time and money spent on clay modeling and molding of expensive prototype parts.
Deep inside the GM Design building in Warren, where future products from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac take shape and substance, an elite team fashions components, intricate sub assembles and entire scale model cars from highly specialized three-dimensional rapid prototyping manufacturing equipment.