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DB Schenker steps up involvement in automotive logistics

Essen/Berlin – DB Schenker plans to deploy innovative solutions to meet the rising expectations of customers in the automotive sector. This will see the logistics service provider focus on the latest developments in the car industry, such as 3D printing to manufacture replacement parts, in addition to continuing its provision of long-established core services. Schenker wants to devote its energy to meeting the technological requirements of “additive production” and maintaining its progress in this field. The major benefit for customers takes the form of reduced warehousing costs, as spare parts are manufactured only when they are required. Faster production reduces delivery times. Similarly, DB Schenker plans to strengthen its market position by specializing in storing and transporting lithium batteries. Battery logistics entail extremely complex processes, as car batteries are classified as hazardous items requiring special transportation and storage.

“Our declared aim is to offer our customers around the globe the best logistics services in the aftermarket sector. Thanks to our vast experience in the automotive sector, our highly trained specialists and our dedicated innovation and quality programs, I am confident that we will achieve this aim,” says Stephan Allgeier, Vice President Vertical Market Automotive – Global Business Development Schenker AG.

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Porsche has started 3D Printing parts for classic cars

Porsche has a huge supply of spare parts to keep its classic cars on the road, but it doesn’t have everything. Supplies of certain components run out, and often, it’s way too expensive to build a bunch more, especially for limited-production cars like the 959. That’s why Porsche Classic has turned to 3D printing to make limited numbers of certain spare parts.

Right now, Porsche is manufacturing nine spare parts using 3D printers, and it’s testing 20 more for production viability. The parts offered now include the clutch-release lever for the 959, a crank arm for the 964, and others.

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Daimler Trucks launches 3D-printing technology in manufacturing to ease parts supply chain

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced Monday that it will make its first delivery of plastic parts produced using 3D printing technologies to its customers in the coming weeks, as part of a pilot programme. 

The company is confident that these new technologies will soon play a significant role in the trucking industry.

More importantly, DTNA sees 3D printing as an opportunity to better serve its customers, particularly those customers in need of parts that have been difficult to provide through traditional supply chain models, such as those for older trucks or parts with very low or intermittent demand.

During this pilot phase, DTNA says it will release a controlled quantity of 3D printed parts and will invite feedback from customers and technicians that receive them.

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Volkswagen officials speak to the future of 3D printing in automotive

Project leads at Volkswagen high end/luxury car brands Audi and Porsche are conducting research into the benefits of 3D printing for future car production. In addition to the effective application of FDM for prototyping and reducing tooling costs, researchers at Audi’s Competence Center in Ingolstadt, Germany, and Porsche are adding metal to Volkswagen’s additive manufacturing portfolio, and researching the potential of carbon fibre reinforcements.

Counting the desktop 3D printers at Volkswagen Autoeuropa, the Volkswagen group in total, has 90 3D printers at 26 of its sites around the world.

At Volkswagen Osnabrück in Germanythere is currently project to demonstrate the potential of  weight reduction by using 3D printing. In one example use case, a reinforced A-pillar window support has been optimally redesigned to constitute fewer parts, and weighs 74% less than it’s traditionally manufactured counterpart.

With less weight, cars consume less fuel, providing better performance for the manufacturer and the customer.

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The revolution is here

With 90 3D printers at its 26 factories, Volkswagen counts on metal 3D printing for exclusive car series & replacement parts

German car manufacturer Volkswagen is no stranger to additive manufacturing technologies, as the company has been exploring various applications for 3D printing in the automotive industry.

At its Volkswagen Autoeuropa plant in Portugal, for instance, the company reported producing as many as 1,000 parts using its fleet of Ultimaker 3D printers last year and has seen significant cost savings since implementing the technology.

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Vroom! How 3D printing is revving up to save the auto industry big bucks

ultimakervw4.pngIf you spend any time watching 3D printing videos on YouTube, you’d think the only use of the technology would be for printing Yoda heads and small toys. But the reality is what makes 3D printing so exciting is it has bottom-line benefits that can result in real time and money savings.

Take the auto industry, for example. In just this past year, we’ve talked about how FordVolkswagen, and Team Penske have started incorporating 3D printing into their processes.

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3D Printing drives advances in automotive manufacturing

Our connected vehicles are now part of our connected lives. That means automakers must deliver not only connectivity for hands-free calling, navigation, and music, but more embedded technologies and sensors for everything from heated seats to automated safety features.

In addition to incorporating the latest innovative technology features with each new model, automakers must also continue to evolve vehicle designs to be lighter, more fuel efficient, while offering the mix of models and in-vehicle options that consumers can customize to their liking.

Meeting these demands would’ve been unimaginable 20 years ago. Automakers and their suppliers can use advances in digital manufacturing, like 3D printing and other digitally-enabled, on-demand production services, to improve their designs while creating smarter, lighter, and more customizable vehicles.

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3D printing to enhance supply chain efficiency

Michael Nash talks to Andy Middleton of Stratasys about the potential impact of 3D printing on automotive supply chains

OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers spend considerable time and money shipping components around the world before they end up on production lines to be fitted to cars sold on the local market. 3D printing could eliminate the reliance on these shipped components and help streamline the automotive supply chain….

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How 3D printing is redefining auto manufacturing

How 3D printing is redefining auto manufacturingNow worth more than $5.1 billion, 3D printing has become one of today’s most exciting – and talked about – technology-based industries. And this technology is more than just buzz. While desktop 3D printers have become more commonplace, industrial 3D printing is just now becoming more prevalent and opening up new opportunities within more traditional manufacturing spheres, including the automotive industry.

For this industry alone, it’s projected that 3D printing will be worth $1.1 billion by 2019, changing the way the space functions today. The emerging technology could have a significant impact on many facets within the industry, but especially after-sales service

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When will we start to see 3D printed cars?

The real value behind 3D printing is what some refer to as “distributed manufacturing“, the idea that we no longer have to build everything at a single centralized factory but instead we can build at multiple decentralized locations. In addition to saving on transport and shipping costs, another value-add is that of flexibility. Imagine a world someday where you go down to your Toyota dealership to buy one of these:

Not only do you get to choose the color and options for the above vehicle, but now you can choose from the following:

  • 12 unique exhaust tips printed from 3 different metals alloys
  • 7 Front grill options
  • 5 Rear spoiler options
  • 13 different rim choices

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