Stuttgart / Neu-Ulm
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 enquiries which are received on a daily basis from customers who are seeking special equipment features or waiting for a corresponding replacement part.
Photo: Daimler Buses is successfully applying the 3D printing process in the area of special customer requirements and replacement parts for buses and coaches of the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands. The small photograph shows the complex 3D printed stowage compartment for banknotes which previously consisted of several components. The large photograph shows the positioning of the banknote compartment in the side panelling located on the left-hand side of the driver's area. © Daimler AG
"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.
Source: Daimler AG