Daimler’s needs in additive manufacturing are increasing. Two years ago, the bus division of the parent company of Mercedes Benz 3D printed over 780 parts for customers. Today, the manufacturing unit adds Sintratec’s SLS technology to its portfolio to meet the needs of its customers.

In its plans for 2020, Daimler will have its own 3D printing centers for spare parts and tailor-made components. The reasons of this change are ecological and economical. According to the car manufacturer, the production and delivery of a 3D printed part only takes a few days instead of several months. Logistical costs can be greatly reduced, and this production technology also produces significantly less waste.

In that sense, they have decided to rely on the modular S2 system of Sintratec. The Switzerland-based company had unveiled its system last year at Formnext. Ideal for training and education as well as for the production of small- and medium-sized series, the 3D printer will be leveraged in Daimler Buses’ 3D printing centers to convey technological know-how in Neu-Ulm.

“The advantages of additive technologies, especially with regards to spare parts, are evident”, comments Ralf Anderhofstadt, Head of Center of Competence Additive Manufacturing, Daimler Buses.

With this system, the process of material change has been simplified, making it easier for the operator to optimize 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”, concludes Gabor Koppanyi, Head of Marketing & Sales, Sintratec.

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