The in-house crew of additive manufacturing experts at Audi’s Böllinger Höfe site has partnered with Trinckle. This is a firm located in Berlin. The aim of their teaming up is to create a novel design software.
The aim is to allow all workers who need a device from the 3D printing machine to design it individually minus require comprehensive prior information. The Audi e-tron GT is the premier motor for which additive manufacturing is a set unit of arrangements for line manufacturing. This means that every device for pre-assembly and assembly are in position at the beginning of manufacturing.
The freshly designed software avoids the need for the time-consuming procedures of manually sculpting models in CAD programs. As a result, this makes workflow quicker. By use of the latest system reduces design period for devices by 80 percent.
“Our software makes the process of creating pre-assembly fixtures almost completely automated. That allows us to make the necessary tools quickly and flexibly and to respond to specific requests from the planners or our colleagues on the assembly line,” says Waldemar Hirsch, the project manager. He is the leader of the crew of specialists in Additive manufacturing at the Ramp-Up and Analysis Center at Audi Böllinger Höfe. The software is graded specifically to Audi’s requirements. Also, it is part of the procedure of digitalizing creation at the place.
In the event of the Audi e-tron GT, that is intended to rattle down the collection line at Böllinger Höfe. This is together with the Audi R8 beginning in late 2020. The additive manufacturing specialists are working together with their colleagues from procedure and assembly planning and pre-series production crews. They are all set for optimization pf the assembly devices for the latest workflows.
“Collaborative design from an early stage enables optimizations to be made earlier in the process as well. This means that all the necessary tools will already be available and calibrated to the exact requirements when production of the e-tron GT begins,” states Hirsch.
Additionally, one of those additively manufactured devices is to be utilized in the air-conditioning compressors pre-assembly and cooling lines. Every part requires to be aligned with one another with exceptional accuracy in the assembly. Previously this has been impossible minus assistance from a friend. The custom-created pre-assembly fixture with a combined clamp supports every part in the same right spot.