Daimler pilot for metallic 3D printing is a 'success'

Daimler says a joint pilot project between Premium AEROTEC, EOS and Daimler demonstrates huge potential for the production of replacement parts and series production components and has been a 'complete success'. Moreover, it says the production of 3D truck parts has begun, with the potential for further components for conventional and electric cars 'being assessed'.

The company says the cost of manufacturing parts could be reduced by up to 50 percent.

The project "NextGenAM" will work on the development of a pilot production line for a next-generation automated "Additive Manufacturing" process for partners Premium AEROTEC, EOS and Daimler.

Along with plastics and ceramics, it is also possible to produce metal components in a 3D printing process.

The aim of the pilot project was to develop a digitalised next-generation manufacturing line which would be able to produce aluminium components for the automotive and aerospace sectors significantly more cost-effectively than is currently possible.

"As far as the aircraft industry is concerned, Premium AEROTEC is today already an international pioneer in the field of metallic 3D printing. The aim now is to build further on this expertise and to bring it to bear in other sectors as well," said Dr Thomas Ehm, Chairman of the Executive Board of Premium AEROTEC. "The successful conclusion of NextGenAM thus represents another important building block in our strategy."