Due to the decrease in the production of spare parts, automobiles, whether imported or domestic, turn off contacts for repair, while spare parts find buyers at 3 times more price. While both the prolongation of the service period and the increase in the spare part prices put the car owners in a difficult situation, the solution comes from the 3D printer. Zaxe General Manager Emre Akıncı said, “In the USA, Germany and Japan, mechanics produce spare parts for cars using 3D printers. We expect this method to be adopted in Turkey very soon, as it is cheap, fast and very high quality to produce automobile parts with 3D printers.” said.
The automotive industry is going through difficult times due to Covid-19. While automotive giants are suspending production one after another due to the chip crisis, supplier companies cannot produce spare parts due to raw material problems. For this reason, the waiting time for automobiles in Turkey has doubled. Paid spare parts cost also tripled. This situation puts car owners in a difficult situation the most. Since 2 out of 3 cars sold in Turkey are imported, the price increase in spare parts of cars directly hits the consumer.
Million vehicles waiting in line
While the shortage of spare parts suffers consumers and services, the most effective solution to prevent the crisis is to print automobile spare parts with 3D printers. Today, it is possible to print and use the engine, undercarriage and console parts of automobiles with 3D printers in original part quality and at a price of 10/1 of the original part cost, whether at home or in the service. Explaining that 3D printers are active for both the production and spare parts problem of the automotive industry, Zaxe General Manager Emre Akıncı said, “If your car, which you bought with a budget of 2 million TL, cannot be used because a 100 Euro part that enables the movement of the vehicle cannot be found, or if it cannot be used for 3 days at the service centre. If it waits all week, the consumer is having a big problem,” he said. Explaining that the solution to the problem is not to get the original part both expensive and too late, but to print it in a short time with the quality of the original part and at 3/10 the price using a 1D printer, Akıncı used the following statements:
Spare parts are too expensive
“A car today is a combination of technical and digital engineering made of computer-equipped, high-strength parts. If even the smallest part of the vehicle breaks down; These highly sensitive cars do not move for safety reasons. In this case, it is necessary to go to the service and request a part replacement. But due to the production shortage caused by Covid-19, it is not possible to find spare parts. In that case, vehicles worth millions of TL are waiting for repairs at the service centers and consumers have to pay high fees, up to 3 times the normal price. Today, 3D printers used by countries such as the USA, China, Germany, and Japan to establish stations on the Moon, Mars and Earth's orbit serve to solve the problems of the automotive industry. It is possible to easily print any metal, plastic or glass part, whether in the engine, computer console or undercarriage, with a 3D printer and make the vehicle movable again. This saves both time and money. “In the USA, Germany and Japan, mechanics produce spare parts for cars using 3D printers. We expect this method to be adopted in Turkey very soon, as it is cheap, fast and very high quality to produce automobile parts with 3D printers.” said.
Those who enter this business will win
Explaining that the companies and users that will take the first step in the automotive industry and spare parts in 3D technology, as in every technological trend, will be profitable, Emre Akıncı said, “It is possible to generate income by producing not only the parts that will repair their own cars, but also the parts of other vehicles that cannot be found in the market. Those who see the 3D printer as a factory and make their economic plans accordingly will be among the top earners of the future, starting today. Today, the world's giant brands are starting activities to produce spare parts with 3D printers and deliver them in 15 hours. Companies and people who take care of these issues in a timely manner will have the opportunity to catch the change from the beginning.”