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NewsThe Cadillac Celestiq will be Hand-built With Many 3D Printed Parts

The Cadillac Celestiq will be Hand-built With Many 3D Printed Parts

Cadillac will hand build the Celestiq electric sedan with the largest proportion of 3D printed parts used in any GM vehicle.

  • The Celestiq will be assembled at the company’s technical center, a first for GM

  • It will use over 100 3D printed components, both plastic, and metal

  • The expected production volume for this halo sedan is less than 200 units per year

Cadillac announced that the upcoming Celestiq halo electric sedan will be hand-built in General Motors’ Global Technical Center, a first for the company.

This announcement is in line with the previous reports that stated the Celestiq will be a very exclusive and expensive halo product that will aim to compete with Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

General Motors is currently refurbishing its Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan in order to clear enough space to welcome the first vehicle assembly operations to take place in this building since its opening in 1956.

Since this building is not a conventional factory, it makes sense that the car it will make is also unconventional and the processes used in its assembly will be different from those used by any other GM facility.

This is because the Celestiq will use a much larger proportion of 3D printed parts than any other GM vehicle, with over 100 plastic and metal parts used throughout the vehicle being manufactured this way.

GM Global Technical Center | Photo: General Motors

Another departure from the usual processes at GM is the fact that it will be assembled by hand by a small team of employees, similar to how ultra-luxury brands operate. This will contribute to the very high cost of the car, but it will guarantee a high level of exclusivity to the owners since the forecast production rate is less than 200 vehicles per year.

The Celestiq will also feature a number of new technologies, notably the smart glass panoramic roof which will allow each passenger to control the level of light coming through the part of the roof that is over them by controlling the transparency of the glass.

The drivetrain of this electric sedan will be more conventional however since it will use the same Ultium platform, motors, and batteries like most other EVs that will be introduced by General Motors in the coming years.

The Celestiq concept is due to be officially unveiled next month and the production version should arrive in 2023.


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