New production tech being used
3D printing is being used by Mercedes-Benz Trucks to produce metal truck parts.
The Stuttgart-based automotive giants tell us their first 3D printed spare part made of metal, a thermostat cover for older truck and Unimog models, has passed their strict quality assurance process.
Mercedes-Benz has been utilizing 3D plastic printing for some time, now comes the chance for the manufacturer to create parts out of metal.
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And look for more Mercedes-Benz replacement parts to be produced using the technology, rather than traditional production techniques such as using casts and moulds, into the future.
“With the introduction of 3D metal printing technology, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is reasserting its pioneering role among global commercial vehicle manufacturers,” says Andreas Deuschle, Head of Customer Services & Parts at Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
“We ensure the same functionality, reliability, durability and cost-effectiveness with 3D metal parts as we do with conventionally produced parts.”
The new production technique being used by Mercedes-Benz comes after Renault Trucks recently confirmed it was now printing some metal engine components, while Michelin is pioneering 3D printed tyre technology.
We’ll keep you updated with further vehicle production/3D printing developments as they come to hand.
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