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18 Aug 2017

Daimler to use 3D Metal Replacement Parts

The uses of 3D Printing continues to grow, especially as more durable materials are becoming available on 3D Printers at a reasonable price point.  Metal printers, in fact, are becoming more affordable. We are excited about Markforged’s Metal X 3D printer which will be available sometime in September/October 2017 which will have a price point of under $100k.  If you need metal parts, that is something to consider!

I came across this article noting Daimler is starting to use 3D metal replacement parts for their Mercedes commercial trucks:

Daimler has been 3D printing plastic spare parts for older commercial trucks for about a year, and now it’s moving on to metal parts. The company recently 3D printed its first metal replacement part, a thermostat cover for older Mercedes trucks and Unimog utility vehicles. Daimler believes 3D printing could be a cost-effective way to keep spare parts available indefinitely.

Like other 3D-printed objects, the thermostat covers are made by adding material in layers until the proper shape is achieved. In this case, the material is an aluminum-silicon powder, which is melted using lasers.

Daimler claims the 3D-printed parts are just as strong as the die-cast aluminum versions installed on the trucks when they were new. The company also claims 3D printing is more cost effective than tooling up for a production run using conventional methods. That makes it perfect for producing spare parts, which are usually only ordered in small batches. It also means Daimler can make parts on demand, instead of warehousing large stockpiles.

Small batches is the key when it comes to 3D printing. It’s not meant to be a production-line ready, and pump out hundreds of parts per hour.  It solvs specific problems where a quick fix is needed to keep things working.  I think we will continue to see more examples of Additive Manufacturing in production environments as we move into 2018.

Download information about the Markforged Metal X here.

Let us know how we can help you.  We can share what we have learned in talking with our other customers.

 

25 May 2017
Markforged 3D Printer

Markforged Wins Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year

Congratulations to our partners at Markforged for being named the Enterprise 3D Printer of the Year by the 3D Printing Industry.

Markforged 3D PrinterAdaptive is proud to be partnered with Markforged as their VAR and feature their award-winning 3D printers.

3D Printing Industry received more than 4,000 nominations for the awards with Markforged coming out on top for Enterprise Printer of the Year.

“At Markforged, our core mission remains to provide significant bottom-line results for our customers through strong parts that withstand challenging environments and to ultimately provide bottom-line results for our customers. In just one year, our Mark Two has become the de facto workhorse printer for professionals who want to quickly, cost-effectively print tools and functional parts,” said Greg Mark, CEO, Markforged. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the 3D printing community.”

Read the full release here.

The Markforged line offers the only 3D printers that embed continuous fiber into printed carbon and nylon for an end-use composite part with the strength of metal. Adaptive offers entry-level desktop printers and industrial-size 3D printers.

Create strong, production-ready parts right off the printer and get products to market faster with 3D printing capabilities.

In addition to offering the printers themselves, Adaptive also offers advanced 3D printing services that are precision built to your specifications to support reverse engineering, prototyping, and on-the-fly replacement parts applications. Learn more about our Markforged 3D printers and our services.