SAIC Yanfeng is a leading automotive seating company in China. The company is a preferred partner of SAIC General Motor, SAIC Volkswagen, Changan Ford, Changan Mazda, Dongfeng Nissan and JAC Motors. SAIC Yanfeng employs over 17,000 staffs at 52 facilities nationwide.
Gauge is essential to product quality control standardization in automotive seating manufacturing. Design quality of a gauge can directly affect productivity and quality of final products. Engineers at SAIC Yanfeng use gauges to inspect size and quality of automotive seat components. Generally the cost of developing and manufacturing gauges with traditional machining processes is high due to the requirements of high-level gauge customization and low-volume production.
At the factory floor of SAIC Yanfeng, the functional size control units (coloured white) of the gauge are 3D printed with the new INTAMSYS FUNMAT HT 3D Printer. To manufacturing these control units an Industrial grade PC (Polycarbonate) was used.
Prior to 3D printing, SAIC Yanfeng used machining processes and techniques to fix these control units to the base structure of gauges. The downside of such approach was low precision when positioning each unit on the base structure. Consequently, the gauge production process was more time-consuming and led to low productivity.
Through 3D Printing, an unibody structure of all control units is made possible and results in higher production efficiency while meeting all gauge's functional size requirements. The INTAMSYS FUNMAT HT 3D Printer is capable of achieving position accuracy of X/Y: 12.5μm and Z: 1.25μm which made it a suitable printer for SAIC Yanfeng to its gauge components for development and production.
As the Gauge Engineer at SAIC Yanfeng explains: “Dimension of the control units is 200.62mm x 102.66mm x 102.15mm. By leveraging on 3D printing solutions from INTAMSYS, the team 3D printed the control units in only 2 days. SAIC Yanfeng managed to significantly reduce time needed for gauge development and production. As a result, SAIC Yanfeng witnessed vast improvement in productivity, faster turnaround and lower production costs."
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