Daimler 3D Printer encrypts digital warehouse, prints at home

Using 3D Printer technology to manufacture auto parts on demand has become a trend, and the German multinational automobile company Daimler (Mercedes-Benz parent company) has more than 20 years of experience in using 3D Printer.

It started with 3D Printer prototypes for prototype cars that were not mass-produced, and later in small batches of spare parts for cars.

On May 21, 2022, the resource library was informed that recently, Dailem issued an announcement that starting from June 2022, companies that have purchased its passenger cars can 3D Printer spare parts by themselves.

In Daimler’s view, 3D Printer allows complex parts to be manufactured in small batches in a more economical way. Compared with traditional mass production, it can not only simplify the process and shorten the turnaround time, but also save the cost of mold opening and greatly reduce the cost. Moreover, there is no need to prepare a minimum stocking quantity, which reduces the inventory pressure of parts to a certain extent.

According to the resource library, in 2016, the company announced that it had manufactured 30 plastic truck parts through SLS “selective laser sintering” 3D Printer technology. Previously, the technology was also used to develop more than 100,000 prototype components.

Daimler’s 3D Printer spare parts mainly include four models of Mercedes-Benz W110, W111, W112 and W123. The parts produced include simple sunroof sliding wheels. For the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, Daimler can also provide more complex parts such as 3D Printer interior mirror bases and spark plug mounts.

In 2019, Daimler further pushed the company’s spare parts production supply, sourcing the S2 Industrial 3D Printer from Sintratec, the Swiss manufacturer of SLS 3D Printers. At this time, Daimler 3D Printer has nearly 1,000 auto parts, including 780 ordinary parts and 150 spare parts.

In 2021, Daimler and its service brand Omniplus created a mobile 3D Printer center for the production of decentralized parts. The 12×3m mobile container operates within the BusWorld Home (BWH) service center in Hamburg and can be transported by truck to anywhere that only needs electricity and an internet connection to operate.

In 2022, in order to give users more autonomy to avoid transport and waiting times, Daimler announced that starting in June 2022, bus/coach companies and service partners will be able to purchase 3D Printer data licenses, allowing companies to make 3D Printer spare parts in-house.

According to the resource library, this is also a further expansion of its mobile micro-factory business model launched in 2021.

The first batch of the digital warehouse will open more than 100 3D Printer parts with corresponding licenses, and the remaining more than 1,400 different components will be released in succession.

First, the bus/tour bus company needs to complete a one-time registration on the 3D Printer License eShop platform using its 3D Printer.

Then, in the store, customers can only see parts that are available for or compatible with their own printers. Next, customers can purchase encrypted 3D Printer licenses on demand and print them within their own businesses. It is worth noting that after successfully printing a component, the corresponding license will expire without saving the data.

According to the resource library, the first batch of docking-certified machines is from Farsoon, an industrial 33D Printer manufacturer in China, but Daimler said that over time, more 3D Printer suppliers will be gradually added.

This is undoubtedly the biggest affirmation of Farsoon 3D Printer equipment. At the same time, if users do not have equipment, they can also pay for the nearest Omniplus service provider to buy licenses and arrange printing on site.

Today, nearly 40,000 spare parts are available for 3D Printer on the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brand buses of Daimler. At the same time, the digitization of more than 7,000 parts is underway, of which 1,500 are already available as 3D Printer spare parts for users to purchase and print after going through the relevant digitization steps, approval processes and extensive product testing.

It is clear that after 6 years of hard work, Daimler forms the basis for 3D Printer license management through an expanding virtual digital warehouse, which will further optimize the rapid availability of spare parts. And this will be a great start as other car brands will use the same technology to drive the development of 3D Printer automotive applications.