Mercedes-Benz is continuously expanding its range of genuine replacement parts from the 3D printer. The brand has already been offering replacement commercial vehicle parts since 2016, which are manufactured using additive production. Now further replacement parts have passed the strict quality assurance at #MercedesBenz with distinction and are coming onto the market.
Stuttgart. The inside mirror base for the #MercedesBenz 300 SL Coupé (W 198 model series), the spark plug holder from the tool kit of this iconic sports car as well as the sliding sunroof rollers for the W 110, W 111, W 112 and W 123 model series: these are important replacement parts for faithfully maintaining this classic of the brand with the star. They are once again available in genuine quality. #MercedesBenz Classic has them newly produced in a 3D print. The process is particularly well-suited to smaller quantities and if the genuine tools are no longer available, for example. This allows gaps in the replacement part supply of classic vehicles to be closed.
Daimler has almost 30 years of experience in 3D printing, for example, in the production of prototype components. This is the basis for targeted series use of the process beyond the sector. The high quality and impression of the corresponding components is ultimately based on Daimler Group Research in Ulm. This has been intensively dealing with 3D printing for series parts for many years. Innovative materials, new processes and equipment technology, digitisation and an optimised and secure process chain are the focus here.
The intensive cooperation between #MercedesBenz Classic and Group Research in 3D printing allows for continuous expansion of the corresponding replacement part range. The technically feasible spectrum extends from engine components to plastic seals and small rubber parts. Together, even very sophisticated and complex component parts, e.g. an instrument housing, are tested. The individual parts of the instrument housing are to be manufactured with the corresponding optimum production process. 3D printing especially shows its advantages when conventional processes for small quantities reach their technical or economic limits.
All printed replacement parts fulfil the high quality criteria of the #MercedesBenz brand and correspond to the original genuine part in all its properties. This makes it possible for state-of-the-art, digital production technology to contribute to maintaining brand classics according to original specifications: “ Future meets Classic”.
Due to the way layers of material are added to a part, 3D printing is also called additive production. Generally, the “powder bed” process is used, which, by means of one or more laser beams, creates the desired component geometry by sintering or smelting. In this process, various materials can be processed, such as metals or plastics. In the case of older parts, for which there are only two-dimensional drawings available, a three-dimensional dataset first has to be created. The 3D printer can then be directly controlled with this data.
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