3D print­ing used by Rolls-Royce and BMW

Motor Equipment News - - OEM -

With more than 10,000 ad­di­tive­ly­man­u­fac­tured parts built into the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the BMW Group has been us­ing com­po­nents from 3D print­ers in se­ries pro­duc­tion since 2012, and will con­tinue to ex­pand this pi­o­neer­ing role in the fu­ture.

The Ad­di­tive Man­u­fac­tur­ing Cen­tre at the com­pany’s Re­search and In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (FIZ) has also been us­ing these form­ing pro­cesses to pro­duce parts for the new Rolls-Royce Dawn since the start of last year.

The BMW Group is steadily pur­su­ing the evo­lu­tion and use of ad­vanced ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing meth­ods. Pla­nar 3D print­ing tech­nolo­gies will en­able much faster pro­duc­tion times and more eco­nom­i­cal pro­duc­tion in the fu­ture.

Plas­tic hold­ers for haz­ard-warn­ing lights, cen­tre lock but­tons, elec­tronic park­ing brakes and sock­ets for the Rolls-Royce Phantom have been made in this way since the start of pro­duc­tion in 2012. Mount­ing brack­ets for fi­bre op­tic ca­bles used in the Rolls-Royce Dawn have also been pro­duced by 3D print­ers since the start of the year, and the com­pany will in­stall sev­eral thou­sand of these clips through­out the model life­cy­cle. Roll­sRoyce Mo­tor Cars is a pioneer in the use of the most in­no­va­tive pro­duc­tion tech­nolo­gies of the fu­ture.

The ad­van­tages of ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing are vis­i­ble early on, es­pe­cially for com­po­nents with a com­pli­cated de­sign. Pro­duc­tion times are sig­nif­i­cantly shorter than for con­ven­tional pro­duc­tion meth­ods, while still meet­ing the same high qual­ity stan­dards.

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