Hyundai launches academic partnership to research feasibility of 3D printing automotive components

Will also investigate machine learning for industrial applications – like ensuring battery quality for electric vehicles

Ben Wodecki

September 6, 2021

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Hyundai has partnered up with Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to research the possibility of 3D printing parts for electric vehicles, and using machine learning systems to monitor a vehicle’s battery quality.

Hyundai Motor Group SVP Hong Bum Jung and chief innovation officer Youngcho Chi met with NTU President Hong Bum Jung and SVP Professor Lam Khin Yong last week to sign a partnership agreement. Work on four research pilots is due to begin later this month.

“We are going to strengthen collaboration with NTU and develop advanced solutions to revolutionize future mobility value chain going forward,” Chi said.

Research for the stars

The co-research agreement follows the October announcement that Hyundai would be opening an innovation center in Singapore. The NTU was named as the first academic research partner for the center, which is expected to be completed in 2022.

The facility itself will be located just a five-minute drive from the NTU Campus.

The pair will begin working on joint research projects which aim to “transform conventional car manufacturing facilities into state-of-the-art factories of the future.”

For example, researchers will look to develop ML algorithms for vehicle image processing that would monitor battery quality in electric vehicles. The imaging unit could be placed in a manufacturing plant to detect anomalies and defects across the production process.

Another project would investigate whether it would be possible to 3D print automotive components for electric vehicles.

NTU and Hyundai will also be running 3D printing competitions in automotive engineering, hoping to drive interest in EV manufacturing, the parties said.

"This collaboration with Hyundai will build on NTU's core strengths, in areas such as additive manufacturing, AI, autonomous and electric vehicles, and big data to bring about benefits to the automotive industry, Singapore, and the global society," NTU president Suresh said.

Now that’s IONIQ

Last week, autonomous vehicle startup Motional unveiled a robo-taxi based on Hyundai's all-electric IONIQ 5 chassis. The car is considered an SAE Level 4 autonomous vehicle that can safely operate without a driver.

As Motional’s first commercial vehicle, it is expected to begin transporting passengers in 2023 in partnership with ride-hailing firm Lyft – which sold its own self-driving division to Hyundai in a $550 million deal announced in April.

The Hyundai-backed startup expanded its US presence last month, by opening a brand-new operations and road testing facility in Los Angeles.

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Ben Wodecki

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