Jan 11, 2017 | By Tess
French truck and military vehicle manufacturer Renault Trucks is reportedly working on developing a metal 3D printing process that will help to boost engine performance. Additive manufacturing is expected to help make engines more compact and lightweight and thus more efficient. According to a recent press release, the Renault Trucks Lyon Powertrain Engineering Department has already prototyped a DTI 5 4-cylinder Euro 6 step C engine using only 3D printing technology.
As we’ve seen within the automotive industry already, metal 3D printing has offered unprecedented design freedom, meaning that parts with complex structures and shapes can be manufactured with relative ease. For designing and manufacturing thermal engines, this facet of 3D printing is also beneficial, especially as it allows for a reduction of the overall number of parts that go into the engine structure. So far, 3D printing has helped engine...
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