For a long time we have seen how many large multinationals are finally surrendering to the evidence of all that 3D printing can offer them, in terms of speed of manufacture and low cost of materials and components. This time it has been Mercedes-Benz Trucks, the truck division of the well-known German company of the star, which has just announced that they have manufactured their first part by 3D printing.
Undoubtedly, as announced by Mercedes-Benz Trucks itself, this fact marks a before and after in terms of the race for incorporate 3D printing into their manufacturing lines for parts and spare parts on demand. Specifically, the first part that the company has manufactured by 3D printing has been a thermostat cover for trucks and vans. To date, this piece has managed to pass all the tests and control and quality phases.
Mercedes-Benz truck division is already able to produce metal parts on demand thanks to 3D printing
In the words of Andreas Deuschle, Director of Marketing and Operations of Customer Services and Parts of Mercedes-Benz Trucks:
With the introduction of metal 3D printing technology, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is reaffirming its pioneering role among global commercial vehicle manufacturers.
We guarantee the same functionality, reliability, durability and cost effectiveness with 3D metal parts, as we do with parts produced using conventional techniques.
Regarding the technique chosen by the designers and engineers for this type of work, it should be noted that, after numerous tests, Mercedes-Benz finally opted for metal 3D printing using metal technology. selective laser fusion or SLM using in turn an alloy of aluminum, silicon and magnesium known commercially under the name of AISi10Mg.