Swiss SLS 3D printer maker Sintratec has declared a collaboration with German global automotive company Daimler AG. S2 3D printer from Sintratec’s has been set up at the manufacturer location of EvoBus GmbH in Neu-Ulm.
This is a branch of the Daimler Trucks & Buses branch. It will be utilized to promote the firm’s extra pieces of supply efforts.
Daimler Buses has already additively manufactured more than 780 parts for its vehicles with more than 150 substitution pieces. The pieces are currently undergoing confirmation. With Sintratec S2, its EvoBus branch will deliver 3D printing in-house. This will reduce service and transportation expenses.
“With 3D printing the Daimler Bus division can respond quickly, flexibly, economically and environmentally friendly to urgent customer needs,” states Ralf Anderhofstadt, Head of Center of Competence Additive Manufacturing, Daimler Buses.
“The advantages of additive technologies, especially with regards to spare parts, are evident.”
Daimler has its headquarter in Stuttgart. It owns and has shares in several bus, truck, car, and motorcycle brands. The notable one is the parent firm of Germany’s global automobile brands Smart and Mercedes Benz. EvoBus is a branch of the firm interested in manufacturing buses under the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands.
Daimler has been implementing additive manufacturing via its different subsidiaries and divisions. Early on, it was stated that the firm would start 3D printing extra pieces for its wide variety of vehicles.
Daimler announced more details in 2017 when it stated the creation of its initial metal additive manufactures spare components. It also stated that it would start 3D printing extra truck pieces on demand by the use of SLS technology.
Lately, Daimler and Industry associates EOS and Premium AREOTEC finished their (NextGenAM) Next Generation Additive Manufacturing work. The NextGenAM pilot plant concentrates majorly on the making of aluminum pieces for aerospace and automotive applications.
By use of internal 3D printers, Daimler Buses intends to establish its initial service bases in 2020. This will serve as 3D printing hubs for extra pieces and individualized parts. The firm realized that sourcing of pieces externally would at times take many months. But the additive manufacturing would only be a matter of days.
The S2 is a modular mechanism with the ability to cover the whole procedure chain; that is from making to post-processing. The S2 modular system was unveiled in late 2018.
It is constituted of a Material Core Unit, Blasting Station, Material Handling Station, and Polishing Station. All these units promote the safe and clean post-processing of additive manufactured prototypes. They can be upgraded to match demand.
Apart from making parts, the Sintratec S2 3D printer will be utilized for training at the EVobus facility in Neu-UIM. Furthermore, the mechanism will be leveraged to enhance the optimization and growth of printing materials.
“Special thanks to the entire EvoBus GmbH team for letting Sintratec participate in this outstanding event and present our vision of the digital factory as well as our Sintratec S2 system. We are very proud of this partnership and are looking forward to more fantastic projects where we can shape the future together.” This is according to Gabor Koppanyi Head of Marketing & Sales, Sintratec.