- GM used 3D printing extensively to develop the C8 Corvette ahead of its unveiling.
- The ability to quickly iterate and build parts helped the automaker quickly pivot to shield making for medical workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Parts that have been 3D printed can also be used to train the robots on the production line ahead of the final part being delivered.
If you’re wondering when you’ll see 3D-printed production parts, some will end up in vehicles “very soon,” according to GM. But the tech will only be used when appropriate and in a way that doesn’t sacrifice safety, GM spokespeople told Car and Driver.
Before COVID-19, GM was already using 3D printing to help it develop new vehicles including the Corvette. Then the pandemic grew, and the automaker was able to quickly use those same machines to build face shields for medical staff. After the first batch went out,