It’s not surprising news that automobile manufacturers find it easier to make on demand parts using 3D Printing.
The advancements in the field of 3D printed have made it possible for the creation of very complex designs without hassle.
One of the leading manufacturers behind this trend of 3D printed parts is Daimler, the truck division of Mercedes-Benz.
The company has been always keen on the potential of this technology, which shows in the fact that they produce more than 100,000 prototype parts every year through 3D printing.
But now, they have decided to move away from just the prototype realm, and start using the technology for producing parts for existing trucks as well.
Under this move, the company will use the Selective Laser Sintering Printing Process to produce 30 different plastic truck components, including covers, spacers, spring caps, air and cable ducts, clamps, mountings and control elements.
This will not only lessen their costs, but also let them produce specific parts that are no longer being produced in their regular production lines.
It is also expected to provide relief to the production facilities, who until now had to worry about maintaining old tooling, just in case they were needed.
In addition to the reduction in machinery cost, this process will also reduce storage costs, as the parts can be manufactured and shipped as soon as the order comes in.
This will certainly help improve Daimler’s image in the eyes of their clients, who up until now had to wait to see if the parts were available before ordering.
While this may not seem like a big deal for regular people, but the precedent that a company as big as Mercedes sets by adopting this route is a very big deal, as it may soon open door for more truck and car manufacturers to adopt such efficient manufacturing practices.