Volkswagen’s plan for metal-jet production begins with customized and cosmetic parts. Later, VW will include structural parts produced on the HP Metal Jet into the next generation of vehicles. An increase in part size and technical requirements is targeted, with soccer-ball-sized production parts in runs of 50,000-100,000 parts per year as the goal.
Higher-performance functional parts with significant structural requirements include gearshift knobs and mirror mounts. The HP Metal Jet is expected to be employed for additional applications such as the lightweighting of fully safety-certified metal parts as new platforms (e.g., electrics) come online.