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Mercedes-Benz Uses 3D Printing for Older Truck Parts

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Mercedes-Benz Trucks 3D-printed a metal thermostat cover for old Mercedes/Unimog truck models, marking the company’s first use of additive-manufacturing (AM) technology for part replacement. Made of aluminum and silicon, the part passed all of Mercedes’ quality-assurance tests.

Mercedes is owned by Daimler AG, Stuttgart, Germany, which owns a number of truck brands in Europe and North America. The company envisions using AM to print parts for older, classic and limited-edition vehicles, which would allow for the manufacture of parts on command, scaling back of inventory storage and decentralization of warehousing.

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