IBIS Worldwide has released the findings from the 3D Printing in Collision Repair Task Force, which it says marks a ground-breaking milestone in the evolution of the automotive repair industry.
Initiated at IBIS USA 2023 in Nashville, the task force, under the leadership of Harold Sears, explored the transformative potential of 3D printing in automotive repair and the collision industry. Bringing more than 30 years of 3D printing and additive manufacturing experience, including a transformative role at Ford’s 3D Printing Division, Sears spearheaded a diverse team of experts including collision repair industry veteran Mario Dimovski, who joined the task force with a wealth of experience and decade-long track record of 3D printing innovation.
Also comprising experts from OEM, additive materials, recycling, and engineering, the taskforce collaborated to identify opportunities to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of automotive repair.
Key highlights from the task force report:
- Exploration of 3D printing applications for replacement parts, tools, and components.
- Initiatives focused on improving design and manufacturing processes through 3D printing technology.
- Research findings on cost-effectiveness, production speed, quality control, and safety considerations.
- Proposal for a regulatory framework to endorse and monitor the use of 3D-printed automotive parts.
- Commitment to training initiatives in partnership with automotive-based training bodies.
“As automotive professionals, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve our services and better serve our industry,” said Sears. “We believe that 3D printing technology has the potential to revolutionise the way we approach parts supply and repair work, and we are excited to explore the possibilities further.”
Jason Moseley, CEO of IBIS Worldwide and a task force member, said: “IBIS is very excited to support such an innovative initiative and help educate and facilitate the introduction of 3D printing in the collision and auto repair industry. I also look forward to collaborating with other subject matter experts on this exciting venture.”
The task force also delved into the potential for 3D printing to create custom parts and components, opening new horizons in the rapidly evolving automotive industry.
The report is available for download here.