by Ivana Kottasová
Volkswagen has found a new way to use a 3D printer: To mass produce car parts.
The world’s largest carmaker unveiled plans Tuesday to start using HP metal printing technology to manufacture select parts including gear knobs and custom tailgate lettering.
Volkswagen said that it wants to mass produce structural parts using the technology within two to three years.
“A complete vehicle will probably not be manufactured by a 3D printer any time soon, but the number and size of parts from the 3D printer will increase significantly,” said Martin Goede, the automaker’s head of technology planning and development.