Most people think owning a 3D printer is like having your own factory in a box, and it is– 3D printing is extremely useful for mass production on the fly. However, 3D printing is also useful for making one-off, one-of-a-kind items. To prove it, one need not look further than Ai Design.
Ai Design is a luxury car manufacturer. Unlike other car companies that pump out designs assembly-line style, Ai takes a personalized approach. Each vehicle the company produces is completely based on customer demand. Customers come to Ai with an idea for how they want their car to look, and the company sets about designing, engineering and building that dream vehicle.
Because each vehicle Ai Design makes is bespoke, manufacturing one car can be time-consuming. “No two customer parts are the exact same. Even if we’re working on the same model, make and year, the geometries can differ,” said Todd Henderson, director of sales and marketing for Ai Design.