Daim­ler 3D-prints new bus parts

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STUTTGART — Daim­ler Buses is ex­ploit­ing the ben­e­fits of 3D print­ing to meet cus­tomers’ spe­cial re­quire­ments and pro­duce small batches and re­place­ment parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Se­tra brands.

Head of Daim­ler Buses Hart­mut Schick said 3D print­ing pro­vides the bus divi­sion within the Daim­ler Group with a means of re­spond­ing swiftly, flex­i­bly, eco­nom­i­cally and eco­log­i­cally to in­di­vid­ual cus­tomer re­quests for re­place­ment parts.

Some 780 com­po­nents have been printed for cus­tomer ve­hi­cles and over 150 dif­fer­ent re­place­ment parts for buses are cur­rently be­ing scru­ti­nised and val­i­dated with re­gard to their fea­si­bil­ity as 3D-printed parts.

High-qual­ity polyamide plas­tics are used to laser print any de­sired ge­om­e­try, even low-vol­ume mod­i­fied parts adapted to cus­tomers’ re­quire­ments. The en­tire process, from the ini­tial idea through de­sign, cost­ing and pro­duc­tion to de­liv­ery, takes only a mat­ter of days.

The cus­tomer can sub­se­quently re-or­der any 3D part. This guarantees a swift sup­ply of re­place­ment parts even af­ter sev­eral decades and world­wide.

PHOTO: QUICKCPIC

Daim­ler is 3D print­ing qual­ity parts for its bus range.

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