Radium laser metal 3D printing equipment to help Foton Cummins in the automotive field of continuous innovation

In 2022, the SmarTech Publishing released a study showing that the automotive market is expected to generate $9 billion in revenue from 3D printed finished parts alone, an eight-fold increase from 2019.

With the rapid development of 3D printing technology, the automotive industry is using the technology to enhance market competitiveness.
In July 2020, diesel engine company Foton Cummins purchased the first metal 3D printing device (LiM-X260A series) from Radium Laser for pilot validation of engine components to speed up product update iterations.

  • UseRadium laser metal 3D printing equipmentmore than 2 years;
  • In 2022, more than 30 parts were innovatively printed, including pulse tubes, Venturi tubes, injector harness brackets, generator brackets, air-conditioning compressors, etc;
  • Make product development iteration more convenient, intuitive, efficient, economical and more creative.


LiM-X260A series equipment purchased by Foton Cummins

Solving Pain Points: Accelerating Iteration and Innovative Verification
Nowadays, the competition in the automobile market is becoming more and more fierce, and the speed of product iteration is accelerating, which brings new challenges to the research and development of auto parts, especially the engine: high performance, low cost, rapid iteration ...... Only the design, production, verification, delivery of all aspects can meet the market demand in a timely and smooth manner, in order to continue to enhance the competitiveness of Foton Cummins.

Fast product development
Compared with the traditional production method, Fukuda Cummins uses metal 3D printing technology to print the design drawings into part models more accurately for subsequent test verification. When there is a problem, the design can be modified immediately, and the printing and verification work can be carried out again until the final design scheme is determined. It can be said that 3D printing technology has helped Foton Cummins greatly shorten the design, verification, and optimization cycle, improve the production efficiency of R & D design, and accelerate the pace of R & D.
Low cost of design and development
Using the traditional manufacturing method, every time the design is optimized, the mold needs to be re-opened, which is not only time-consuming, but also costly. Taking the venturi tube as an example, different diameters and different structural designs will produce completely different effects. If the mold is opened one by one, the cost is too high. And metal 3D printing has great advantages in small batch manufacturing: as long as there are three-dimensional digital models, it can be printed, integrated, and the cost is lower.



Print venturi for design verification using LiM-X260A series equipment

All aspects of innovative applications
Fukuda Cummins also innovatively uses metal 3D printing parts instead of plastic parts for research and development verification. Take the injector harness bracket on the engine as an example. The part is made of plastic in actual use, but in order to save the mold opening cost and increase the strength and damage resistance of the part, it was decided to replace it with metal parts. It not only ensures the structure size, verification strength, but also reduces the time and production cost.

Injector harness bracket printed with LiM-X260A series equipment

Service & After Sales: Customer First, High Reliability
"Technical support and after-sales support have achieved customer first", which is the greatest feeling of the cooperation between the two sides by Zhang Bo, senior engineer of Futian Cummins Testing Center. "The process team of Radium Laser is very powerful. We think that some parts are difficult to print and there are certain problems in making slicing files. The process team will help us to do it and provide technical support for us."
"And no matter on working days or rest days, whether it is day or night, as long as we encounter technical problems or unclear places, we can find after-sales or sales personnel to connect in time and help us solve the problem."
Looking to the future: strong alliance, broad prospects
When talking about the application prospect of metal 3D printing technology in the automotive field, engineer Zhang Bo said that there are many metal parts of different sizes on automobiles, many of which can be tested and verified by metal 3D printing technology. Today, the LiM-X260A series of equipment in addition to complete the Foton Cummins own printing needs, but also for Wuhan Cummins, Beijing Foton and other brother units for parts printing, I believe that the future application prospects will be more broad.

Venturi tube, supercharger connecting flange, supercharger bracket, injector harness bracket printed by LiM-X260A series metal 3D equipment
Foton Cummins has provided products and services to millions of customers in the Chinese market. As a provider of overall solutions for metal 3D printing, Radium Laser also hopes to provide Foton Cummins with all-round protection in terms of equipment, technology and after-sales, so as to help Foton Cummins continue to innovate in the automotive field. The in-depth cooperation between the two parties has made Radium Laser more confident to continuously explore the market and promote the vigorous development of metal 3D printing technology in various industries and fields.

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