Image: Daimler Buses

Over 100 3D printable parts are already available. A launch implemented with the support of Farsoon Technologies

3D print their spare parts whenever they will need them, at an affordable price. That’s something, owners of Mercedes-Benz and Setra buses/touring coaches could very soon do, assuming that they have a certified 3D printer, a one-off registration process, and a license for the required part in the desired quantity. The ultimate goal? create their own “mini parts factory”.

This new license management for spare parts can be obtained from the Omniplus service brand from Daimler Buses that is showing the way for the entire automotive industry.

Remember? Last year, together with Daimler Buses, Omnibus developed a mobile printing centre for the decentralised production of 3D printed spare parts. With the goal of providing more autonomy to their users, the teams of both organizations are pivoting their parts service to avoid shipping, waiting times, and rather allow a flexible, 24/7 supply of spare parts from within the company.

The new 3D printing license shop from Omniplus.

Bus/touring coach companies and service partners could obtain their license from June 2022. Over 100 parts of the currently more than 1,500 different 3D-printable components will be available as the first licenses from the digital warehouse. Additional spare parts will follow as digital licenses.

The service is similar to streaming services or media libraries, where record collections and fixed airtimes are now things of the past, and anyone can enjoy their show or favorite music at any time and from anywhere.

Bus/touring coach companies need to complete a one-off registration process at the 3D Printing License eShop with their 3D printers. At the shop, customers are only shown the parts that are available for or compatible with their own printer. 

The launch was implemented together with industrial 3D printer manufacturer Farsoon Technologies. Additional 3D printer providers will be gradually added over time. Next, customers purchase an encrypted 3D printing license for the component they currently require in the desired quantity and can print it out within their own enterprise. After having successfully printed the component part, the respective license expires without the data being saved. Alternatively, customers can let their nearest Omniplus service partner know about their requirements. The latter can then acquire the corresponding license and take care of printing. “Wibu Systems” encryption technology is used to ensure that the data is protected throughout the process and that the ordered quantity is kept to.

Because of the data and the individual building instructions, the digital twin at the digital warehouse and the provision of encrypted 3D printing licenses allow spare parts to be made available worldwide in the quickest possible way, and exactly where they are currently needed. The benefits are obvious: Faster availability of parts, shorter supply chains, and cost savings.

Digital spare parts warehouse for Mercedes-Benz and Setra buses/touring coaches

It’s been six years now that Daimler Buses has been investing extra miles on the potential of digital production technology. In the meantime, the Omniplus service brand has designated around 40,000 bus/touring coach spare parts from the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands as suitable for 3D printing. Initially, Omniplus is concentrating on more than 7,000 parts that are to be digitized gradually. A kind of digital warehouse will be created in this way which is being expanded continuously. It includes both regularly required spare parts as well as rarely required parts for special customer requests. The virtual warehouse forms the basis for 3D printing license management, which shall further optimize the rapid availability of spare parts.

You may want to listen to this Additive Talks session: What is the first step in implementing a digital warehouse and what happens next?

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