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Radford uses 3D printing to customize automotive manufacturing

Radford Motors builds exclusive luxury automobiles, focusing on high craftsmanship, limited-run production, customization and performance. To prototype and build the Radford Lotus Type 62-2 production vehicle, the company relied on additive manufacturing to enable an agile development and production process. The combination of printer capacity and strong but lightweight materials give Radford Motors the capability to design, iterate and build the tooling and components for each custom vehicle much faster and more economically than conventional production methods. The capabilities afforded by additive manufacturing help make Radford Motors’ business model of low-volume, highly custom auto production economically viable.