After the successful joint development and on-demand production of discontinued replacement parts for Nissan’s NISMO Heritage Parts program, SOLIZE and HP are continuing their long-standing partnership to advance digital manufacturing in automotive with additive manufacturing of Toyota’s A70 Supra out-of-production spare parts, for the GR Heritage Parts Project.
SOLIZE is using HP 3D printers in the “GR Heritage Parts Project” undertaken by Toyota Motor Corporation and will manufacture front door garnishes for the A70 Supra. Toyota Motor’s GR Heritage Parts Project reprints spare parts that have already been discontinued to resell them as genuine parts in order to respond to the customer’s desire to “continue riding a car full of memories”. It is the first such project undertaken by Toyota.
In the GR Heritage Parts Project, SOLIZE succeeded in manufacturing the supply of genuine interior design parts of a domestic finished car manufacturer for the first time in Japan with a 3D printer. For parts manufacturing, the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution was adopted.
Various manufacturing industries such as automobile manufacturers and home appliance manufacturers provide repair parts for repairs and replacements for a considerable period of time even after the production of the main body is discontinued due to discontinuation or model change, so many molds for repair parts are used.
Management costs and maintenance man-hours are one of the challenges in the industry. Digital manufacturing, which utilizes 3D printing to produce final products, not only realizes a flexible design and production system that meets customer demand but also reduces costs related to mold management costs, inventory storage, logistics, etc. It has the effect of reducing industrial waste and carbon dioxide emissions throughout the product life cycle and is attracting attention from the perspective of sustainability.
SOLIZE continues to promote digital manufacturing initiatives in Japan such as final part production utilizing 3D printing. The Japanese AM service provider runs a fleet of 37 high-end 3D printers currently in operation to provide both plastic and metal 3D printing services. Parts can be used for functional tests and performance tests at the early design stage. SOLIZE also provides industrial 3D printers and solutions to help start up customers’ in-house manufacturing.