Daimler Touts Low-Cost 3D Printing Process
Daimler AG says it has completed a two-year pilot program for a fully automated additive manufacturing process that promises to cut costs in half for 3D-printed parts.
The carmaker partnered with 3D-printing specialist Electro Optic Systems (EOS) GmbH and Premium Aerotech GmbH, which is a subsidiary of Airbus Group, on the project. The partners used a four-laser EOS machine at Aerotec’s facility in Varel, Germany, to produce replacement parts for Daimler’s Truck division.
Initial applications include a diesel engine bracket (pictured). Daimler says it also is evaluating potential uses for passenger vehicles, including cooling line base plates for EVs.
Topology optimization cuts part development time and costs, material consumption, and product weight. And it works with additive, subtractive, and all other types of manufacturing processes, too.
A new software suite for 3D printing analyzes, repairs, and prepares 3D models using the native file formats of a variety of CAD systems, saving the conversion to STL for last.
Here are some interesting numbers recently reported by BMW, starting with one-million, which is the number of 3D printed components that the company has used in series production since it started using the additive process for production purposes back in 2010.