As 3D printing continues to revolutionizes the way companies do business, we’ve begun to utilise the technology here at JCA and Ashley Group. 3D printing is ideal in that it provides us a cost effective way to produce vehicle accessories in low volume where injection molding isn’t viable.
Using the FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printing method, which works on the ‘additive’ principle by laying down material in layers, our R & D Department has produced a number of vehicle accessories for clients to date. Projects to date include;
- Tailor-made fascia for a Western Star Day Cab. The truck comes standard with a single-DIN stereo, but our client wanted to fit a multimedia DVD player into the same space. As a double-DIN fascia does not exist for this type of vehicle, we 3D printed one from ABS plastic that holds the stereo at an angle that makes it sit flush with the dash.
- Custom roller bearing bushing. Essentially the rolling parts that allow the animal ramp to roll out smoothly and easily from under the custom motor body we built. (Shown here)
- Reverse sensors
Custom roller bearing bush