21st June 2017
Daimler Buses is exploiting the benefits of 3D printing to meet customers’ special requirements and produce small batches and replacement parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands. As a technology leader in the bus and coach sector, Daimler Buses is making use of the advantages of this cutting-edge digital component and production technology.
At the current point of time it is already possible to print complex parts located in the bus interior in a single step, which formerly consisted of several and in some cases even moving components. In this field Daimler Buses is drawing on over 25 years of experience with 3D printing processes in truck and prototype construction.
3D component production enables perfect solutions in response to the inquiries which are received on a daily basis from customers who are seeking special equipment features or waiting for a corresponding replacement part.
“In the medium term, we see digital production technologies as harbouring vast potential to enable us to address market and customer requirements in a flexible manner while at the same time minimising investment risks,” says Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses.
3D printing provides the bus division within the Daimler Group with a means of responding swiftly, flexibly, economically and ecologically to individual customer requests and requirements for replacement parts. In top quality and with low production costs: the 3D parts correspond to the injection moulding standards stipulated by Daimler AG, while avoiding the costs relating to tool production, component storage and the disposal of surplus materials.
3D printing has the potential to deliver weight saving opportunities to manufacturers when the process is linked with design optimization techniques but the prohibitive costs of of printing has meant that it is not commonly used on mass produced products to date. Seeing Daimler adopt the process in this way is another step towards 3D printing and its associated weight saving potential becoming a more common sight in the automotive sector.