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