Daimler creates mobile 3D-printing centre to produce spare parts

Daimler Buses and its service brand Omniplus have established a mobile 3D printing centre for the decentralized production of spare parts.

The “mini-factory” in the form of a container on an area of only 36m2, contains all the stations relevant to the production of spare parts using a 34 printer. Easily transported by truck to any location, the facility requires only electricity and an internet connection for its operation.

According to Daimler, the container is equipped with a top-quality industrial 3D printer that produces products of the same quality as other genuine parts. Instead of waiting several weeks for conventional spare parts, production and delivery of a 3D printed part takes only a few days.

“Thanks to the mobile 3D printing centre, we can exploit the advantages of 3D printing to a greater extent and further increase the speed at which we supply spare parts. Decentralised production of parts as required avoids warehousing costs and reduces transportation routes,” said Bernd Mack, Head of Customer Services & Parts at Daimler Buses.

“Thus, 3D printing not only allows us to react fast, flexibly and economically to customer requirements but to also improve our ecological footprint for the production of spare parts.”

Just under 40,000 bus spare parts are already 3D printable today, with Daimler Buses placing focus on 7,000 additional parts that are being successfully digitized.

The pilot container from Neu-Ulm will be in operation at the BusWorld Home (BWH) service centre in Hamburg, Germany.

Source: Mobile 3D printing centre for even greater customer proximity and fast availability of spare parts

18 May 2021

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