Daimler Moves to 3D Printing for Spare Parts Manufacturing
Published On Jul 14, 2016
World’s largest truck manufacturer Daimler has now decided to opt for 3D printing for its trucks’ spare parts instead of conventional manufacturing. This step will save a lot of cost to the company in shipping the manufactured spare parts to various parts of the world. The 3D digital manufacturing is becoming quite famous among the auto makers and ancillaries to speed up the manufacturing process and save money.
Once started, this process will enable Daimler to send blueprints of the needed part and then getting them printed at the required facility. All done in a jiffy! The material to be used in printing is plastic and parts to be printed will be spring caps, clamps, mounting, control elements, and air and cable ducts. The company already has 100,000 printed prototype ready and is planning to expand the production. The 3D printers would work on latest Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology. Other advantages, apart from secure supply chain, cost saving and faster process include the ability to to produces parts of the vehicle which are no more in production.
Head of Mercedes-Benz Truck Division’s Marketing & Operations for Customer Service & Spare Parts, Mr. Andreas Deuschle, said, “In keeping with our brand promise 'Trucks you can trust', we set the same benchmarks for reliability, functionality, durability and economy for spare parts from 3D production as for parts from conventional production. However, 3D offers many more possibilities; this is why we shall be rapidly extending the production of 3D printed parts.”
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