3D printing is quite literally revolutionizing the automotive industry.

Way back in 1913, Henry Ford developed the first production line. In the 70s and 80s robotic production became the norm. And now in the 2020’s, it is the turn of 3D printing to save cost, reduce time, and deliver efficiencies previously thought impossible.

Designing and building a vehicle means juggling a lot of moving parts – literally and figuratively. And inefficiency can be costly, very costly.
Did you know that automotive manufacturing can cost as much as $420,706 per minute?
With these eye-watering costs, it’s hardly surprising automotive companies like Ford, VW and Tesla are turning to 3D printing in ever increasing numbers.

Of course, most people understand the benefit of 3D printing at the design stage.

Its ability to turn digital design information into 3D models is widely accepted, as is the production of functional prototypes and parts. But there are many other areas where 3D printing can be utilized.

Designing and printing tools for use on production lines, jigs to increase production speed and assembly accuracy, even end-use parts, the applications are only limited by imagination. We can’t help but wonder what Henry Ford would have made of it all!


Additive manufacturing technologies bring automotive and transportation industry a new method of lightweight components manufacturing and small batch parts production. Also, they are ideal for rapid prototyping, accelerating the efficiency of R&D process and save cost.

3D digitizing and metrology solutions can help engineers to perform reverse engineering and inspection of vehicles and parts, improving efficiency of product development and quality control.

Student Automotive Rally Team

The HAN Automotive Rally Team (HART) is a student rally team that competes in the Dutch Shortrally Championship. The team can be found on the Dutch rally roads for 25 years. The HART consists solely of students, studying at the Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen (HAN).

MakerPoint 3D Scanning Expert Luca Sabbatini scans the rally car so that HART can use the 3D model as a tool to improve the car's streamline. This will allow them to drive even faster.