Volkswagen AG, General Motors Co. and BMW AG, for example, all have a "rich history" of using additive manufacturing to produce spare parts, tooling and other low-volume components, according to Ford Motor Co.'s Ellen Lee. But automotive has specific needs in terms of scale, cost and materials that differ from other industries.
US Extruders Inc. now has a complete line of extruders designed specifically for the medical industry that it will be showing for the first time at MD&M West this month. The company, a manufacturer of custom single-screw extruders in Westerly, R.I., introduced its first-generation Med-Ex extruder at the show last year.
As the company’s top executive, Lon Offenbacher has spent the last 12 years steering Inteva Products LLC through macroeconomic and automotive industry-specific ups and downs ranging from the 2007-09 recession that devastated labor markets and the U.S. economy to the United Auto Workers’ weekslong strike against General Motors Co. last year.