A study on additive manufacturing for electromobility

Dirk Schuhmann*, Christopher Rockinger, Markus Merkel, David K. Harrison

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Additive manufacturing (AM) offers the possibility to produce components in a resource-efficient and environmentally friendly way. AM can also be used to optimise the design of components in mechanical and physical terms. In this way, functionally integrated, lightweight, highly efficient, and innovative components can be manufactured with the help of additive manufacturing in terms of Industry 4.0. Furthermore, requirements in the automotive industry for drivetrain components are increasingly being trimmed in the direction of efficiency and environmental protection. Especially in electromobility, the topic of green efficiency is an essential component. Exhaust emission legislation and driving profiles for evaluating vehicles are becoming increasingly detailed. This offers the potential to apply the advantages of AM to vehicle types such as conventional, utility vehicles, and nonroad mobile machinery (NRMM), independent of the electrical drivetrain technology (hybrid or fully electrical). AM also allows for us to produce optimally adapted components to the respective requirements and use cases. In this review, the intersections of AM and electromobility are illuminated, showing which solutions and visions are already available for the different vehicle types on the market and which solutions are being scientifically researched. Furthermore, the potential and existing deficit of AM in the field of electromobility are shown. Lastly, new and innovative solutions are presented and classified according to their advantages and disadvantages.
Original languageEnglish
Article number154
JournalWorld Electric Vehicle Journal
Issue number8
Early online date13 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


  • electromobility
  • additive manufacturing (AM)
  • metal 3D printing
  • selective laser melting (SLM)
  • lightweight
  • modular and scalable
  • function integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering


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